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4.0 out of 5 stars
A serious and independent work, 30 Aug. 2010
Many books are written regarding the energy crisis and oil; many of them deal with issues such as Peak Oil and Climate Change from a pessimistic perspective, too much ideological. But on the opposite extreme, the problem is always neglected, and authors seem only to attack the motivations of "greeen authors", without recognizing the problem.
Hofmeister gives a rare but excellent book approaching the energy issue with good quality information and reasoned statements. As an insider from the oil industry and also an environmental activist, his perspectives are one of the most objective and serious you will find in common literature. I am in the oil industry, and I acknowledge that most of the information he reports is correct.
It is remarkable the critics that an American citizen gives to his own development system. Coming from Europe, I agree that his comments make a lot of sense, as he is grasping one of the most depth roots of the American Energy problem. And very good is also the definition of Hofmeister of "sustainability", one of the most pragmatic I have found on literature (and I have read a lot of stuff about sustainable development).
The book is a good antidote against disinformation (which is common in this kind of literature), and it is very well constructed. Maybe you would not agree with his final proposed solution (I am a little bit skeptical about it), however, you will not stay indifferent after reading this book, which is a must-have if you are interested in the oil business, the energy sector and environmental sustainability.