The Resource Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, by Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek, (electronic resource)

Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, by Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek, (electronic resource)

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Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
Title
Drilling Down
Title remainder
The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma
Statement of responsibility
by Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover. A world expert on oil technology and one of our foremost social commentators, the author of “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” join forces to: Lead you on a fascinating tour from the events on the Deepwater Horizon to the processes in society that made the tragedy nearly inevitable Explain the energy-complexity spiral that governs our way of life Take you beyond the headlines, finger pointing, and political punditry to the underlying causes of the Gulf catastrophe Help decision-makers from all walks of life to understand the risks and challenges of managing complex organizations Discuss energy options for the future Praise for Drilling Down: In this book, Joseph Tainter and Tadeusz Patzek use the Gulf oil spill as a point of entry to discuss our energy future. For those of us who watched the oil spill from afar, this book provides the technical background to help us understand it, something that was never available from the media. For those like me, who are interested in the role of energy in the rise and fall of civilizations, this is a must read. --Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge
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Tainter, Joseph A
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333.79
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English
LC call number
GE300-350
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Patzek, Tadeusz W.
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  • Environmental management
  • Operations research
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental Management
  • Energy Policy, Economics and Management
  • Energy Policy, Economics and Management
  • Operations Research/Decision Theory
  • Complex Systems
  • Sustainable Development
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Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, by Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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text
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txt
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Significance of Oil in the Gulf of Mexico -- 3. The Energy that Runs the World -- 4. Offshore Drilling and Production: A Short History -- 5. The Energy-Complexity Spiral -- 6. The Benefits and Costs of Complexity -- 7. What Happened at the Macondo Well -- 8. Why the Gulf Disaster Happened -- 9. Our Energy and Complexity Dilemma: Prospects for the Future -- Appendix A. Glossary Appendix B. Offshore Production -- Appendix C. Operating an Offshore Platform -- Index
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unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2012.
Extent
1 online resource (247 p.)
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online
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9781283350839
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computer
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c
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10.1007/978-1-4419-7677-2
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remote
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Label
Drilling Down : The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, by Joseph A. Tainter, Tadeusz W. Patzek, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Significance of Oil in the Gulf of Mexico -- 3. The Energy that Runs the World -- 4. Offshore Drilling and Production: A Short History -- 5. The Energy-Complexity Spiral -- 6. The Benefits and Costs of Complexity -- 7. What Happened at the Macondo Well -- 8. Why the Gulf Disaster Happened -- 9. Our Energy and Complexity Dilemma: Prospects for the Future -- Appendix A. Glossary Appendix B. Offshore Production -- Appendix C. Operating an Offshore Platform -- Index
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2012.
Extent
1 online resource (247 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283350839
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1007/978-1-4419-7677-2
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2550000000053998
  • (EBL)883878
  • (OCoLC)763154888
  • (SSID)ssj0000598772
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11422196
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000598772
  • (PQKBWorkID)10595533
  • (PQKB)11091981
  • (DE-He213)978-1-4419-7677-2
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC883878
  • (EXLCZ)992550000000053998

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