Oil on the Brain

Lecture given 19 September, 2007

I selected Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli as the basis for the 2011 Class Lecture at Dartmouth. This informative and engaging multidisciplinary analysis of oil - where it comes from and what happens as it gets to the end user - will serve as the starting point for a discussion of our dependence on fossil fuel and some impacts of its extraction and use. My lecture will focus on: the global energy picture, including US consumption and the growing impact of China on the environment; the effects of oil extraction and use on humans in developing countries; the difficulty US consumers have appreciating the magnitude of their energy habits; and energy use at Dartmouth College. Below is a list of links and references from the lecture.