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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most… (udgave 2019)

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"Rachel Maddow's Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe-from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea-exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West's most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, "like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.""--… (mere)
Medlem:LasellVillage
Titel:Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Forfattere:Rachel Maddow (Forfatter)
Info:Crown (2019), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth af Rachel Maddow

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    The Prize : The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power af Daniel Yergin (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: This is a great history of the oil industry from the very beginning up until some of the more recent oil crises.
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    Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back af Oliver Bullough (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: Moneyland describes how the money stolen from the escapes in Blowout becomes hidden away and untouchable in what the author describes as the world of Moneyland.
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    Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power af Steve Coll (brianjungwi)
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Vintage Rachel Maddow. I lived through all the era she describes but never saw it that way. I wish I had. An excellent way to get yourself to be aware of what is going on in the world.
  Elizabeth80 | Apr 4, 2021 |
Well written history of oil, power, and the relationship of Russian and American power brokers in the energy industry. ( )
  addunn3 | Feb 19, 2021 |
Left wing journalist Rachel Maddow examines the oil and gas industry. With billions of dollars at stake globally, it is no wonder that corruption exists at every level:

-From states like Oklahoma, where big energy companies worth billions of dollars paid very little in taxes, yet teachers’ salaries are one of the lowest in the nation. As fracking increased, so did groundwater contamination and earthquake swarms.

-Developing countries such as Equatorial Guinea, where the ruling family has vast amount of riches, provided by US based gas and oil companies, yet the average person has neither enough to eat, medical care or education.

And then there’s Russia and Vladimir Putin. If you’ve been a bit confused as to what is going on with the Crimea, Ukraine and Russia, and how Rex Tillerson of ExxonOil became Trump’s Secretary of State and pushed for the removal of sanctions against Russia’s takeover of the Crimea, this book will be enlightening.

It was painful for me to read; I took three months doing so. Because of the current US, political upheaval, I often had my stomach churning. And yet I feel it was time well spent. I actually copied out *pages* of quotes to remember and perhaps use with this review.

For instance, this quote on how Putin is seen as a moral savior of his country will sound familiar to many here in the US:

“Vladimir Putin, …was the hero of the day. (The First International Russian Conservative Forum) literature bannered excerpts from one of his recent speeches. ‘We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, belief in God with the belief in Satan … People in many European countries are embarrassed or afraid to talk about their religious affiliations. Holidays are abolished or even called something different; their essence is hidden away, as in their moral foundation. And people are aggressively trying to export this model all over the world. I am convinced that this opens a direct path to degradation, resulting in a profound demographic and moral crisis.

“ Here was a true moral leader; this was the consensus of the first ever International Russian Conservative Forum. ‘The salvation of my generation is the great Russian people, because Vladimir Putin understand that the rights of the majority should be put before the whims and perversions of the minority ‘ ….” P 319

But there is also hope:

“But then something happened in Oklahoma. What Happened was democracy. ‘In politics, money most always trumps merit,” says Mike Cantrell, the independent Oklahoma oilman who finally got fed up with the lousy funding in education and bucked Big Oil in his state. ‘But constituency tops everything”. After years of killing cuts, the constituency finally started to kick up enough of a fuss that pols started to worry about damage to their elective selves if they stuck to the status quo. “ p 344

This is written with Maddow’s brand of a bit of humor and snark, that makes a tough subject eminently readable. ( )
  streamsong | Jan 15, 2021 |
This expose (I don't know how to type the accent) of the gas and oil industry is eye-opening. I knew some of it, but I didn't begin to know all the details Rachel Maddow has revealed. Yes, Putin is corrupt and greedy, but just as corrupt and just as greedy are Rex Tillerson and some of his cohorts. Money buys power, power too often leads to corruption and greed, and oil gets money. Whether it is your oil or not. And lord help the naysayers who think that fracking may possibly lead to environmental disasters. What happened should be, and often is, criminal, and what happened in Equatorial Guinea should have resulted in prison. This book was very well researched. I am so freakin' tired of the greed and corruption ruling the world right now, and destroying us and our planet. At the time of this review, when covid-19 is foremost on our minds, we cannot forget that there are so many other issues that need our attention as well.

This book was entertaining throughout, and Rachel Maddow did a wonderful job of narrating her own work. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Apr 24, 2020 |
“The oil and gas industry—left to its own devices—will mindlessly follow its own nature. It will make tons of money. It will corrode and corrupt and sabotage democratic governance. It will screw up and—in the end—fatally injure the whole freaking planet . . . The end-times battle is to commit to a whole new level of constraint and regulatory protection against this singularly destructive industry to minimize its potential harms.” p. 365

This is what the book builds up to, relating one anecdote after another (chilling and interesting in themselves) until it is clear that the greed and power inherent in commercializing this ubiquitous commodity has led to massive corruption and geopolitical shape-shifting. Page after page evokes the repeated reaction - ‘We are such pawns! The machinations are so outlandish!’

Essentially, the book is an historical analysis of the oil and gas industry, starting with Ed Drake’s drill in northwest Pennsylvania in 1859, leading up to Russia/Putin’s role (they’re one and the same) in the industry, culminating in Russia’s establishment of information warfare. That information warfare had proven a more efficient form of spying than the traditional kind, highlighted by the birth of Russia’s Internet Research Agency (322-327). It got Trump elected in Russia’s effort to get sanctions removed. We have been breached and Trump benefited (329) while civil tranquility faltered. It’s revolting—worse than the dog ralphing on the bedroom throw rug. Our democracy has been polluted (332) by oil, by greed, by Putin. The oil and gas industry has been remaking the world in its favored image for generations and it is not finished with us yet. It’s time for the most lucrative and reckless industry on earth to pay for what it does (366).

I’d do something if I didn’t feel like such a pawn. ( )
  Occasionally | Mar 20, 2020 |
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"Rachel Maddow's Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe-from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea-exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West's most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, "like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.""--

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