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The Quest: Energy Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

Magazine article Geographical

The Quest: Energy Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

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THE QUEST: Energy Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

by Daniel Yergin

Penguin, pb, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

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A sequel to the 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize--an epic account of the oil industry from its early days to modern times--this book's central premise is that peak oil is largely a myth, or at least will take place so far in the future that we don't need to worry about it just yet.

The difference between the two books is simple. One is a chronicle of the past, the other a prediction of the future. Yergin certainly has the writing skill, but his vision is more shaky, relying entirely on the belief that technology will save us.

Although less daunting than its 800-plus pages might suggest, The Quest is fatally flawed, inasmuch as it takes a cornucopian view of our energy future that acknowledges but fails to join up several important dots. These include global warming, population growth, the energy return on energy investment for novel hi-tech extraction techniques, and China and India coming fully on-stream as energy users and stakeholders. …

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