Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge

Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge

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The global consumption of fossil fuels is dramatically rising, while inversely, the supply is in permanent decline. The "end of oil" threatens the very future of Western civilization. Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge examines the politics of drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and presents this controversy as a precursor of future "resource wars" where ideas and values collide and polarize. The reader is introduced to the primary participants involved: global corporations, politicians, nongovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples and organizations, and human rights/religious organizations. Author David M. Standlea argues in favor of seeing this comparatively "local" conflict as part of a larger struggle between the proponents of an alternative, positive vision for the future and an American culture presently willing to sacrifice that future for immediate profit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 227 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791466329
  • 9780791466322

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"This book makes a major contribution to one of the great moral and political debates of our time, highlighting aspects that are not well known or appreciated in more general accounts available in the mass media. Especially significant is its treatment of both aboriginal rights and the role of churches in connecting those rights to more global concerns regarding the environment. In short, Standlea shows how the symbiotic relationship of the Gwich'in to their ecosystem is clearly a lens through which we can see and understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual stakes of our environmental crisis. I am certain that many will find this work challenging--that is good; it is time to be challenged."
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About David M. Standlea

David M. Standlea is an independent scholar who received his Ph.D. in Political Science/Political Ecology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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