Book Analysis

By Ryan Barton

The Race for What's Left

The Race for What's Left is a book about the dwindling amount of natural resources on the Earth. It talks about some of the solutions to these problems as well as some of the issues with the olutions to these problems. The Race that they are talking about is the natural resources that have not yet been mined in the arctic. There are countries who have a claim to these resources, and they are debating over who should have what land down to the exact kilometer. It begins to talk about how there could be grave consequences for our rate of consumption such as military confrontation, and disasters such as the Deepwater Disaster.
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The book was a very interesting one to read. Since I'm not usually someone that wants to read non fiction books, it was a very different reading experience than I am used to having. It was not necessarily my favorite book to read, but I was able to see where it was good and how people would like the book. I was able to enjoy reading the book more or less, but the topic matter isn't an easy subject to make very interesting, and I think Michael T. Klare was able to do it just fine.
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In his description of offshore oil extraction, Klare notes that ultra deepwater oil exploration and drilling, at depths of more than 1 mile, far surpass in danger and difficulty the sea work that has been practiced for more than 50 years. Further, the expense and hazard level at such depths are comparable to space missions. A 1996 Shell oil platform called “Mars” cost three times the NASA Mars Pathfinder mission, according to the U.S. commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Despite that tragedy, the major oil and gas corporations remain little fazed by impediments to profit. There are familiar names like Tony Hayward of BP/Deepwater Horizon infamy, but as the accounts of hubris begin to read like satire, it’s apparent that although the names of these captains of industry differ, the risk allowance remains essentially the same. Almost no warning is worth consideration; it’s as if the CEOs have divined that they are protected by superhero powers. Meanwhile, workers die, ecosystems are ravaged, fines mount, the future darkens. And “Onward!” is the cry.

The book being relatable to the course is because the book is relating to the world and resources in general which is relating to our GPS projects that are about the land and sea. It relates because the resources that might be running out on earth are able to be found in the arctic, even though they are becoming increasingly harder to find and harvest. The renewable resources are becoming easier and easier to compared to non renewable resources, the only problem is that all of the current technologies, or st last most of them are all running on these fossil fuels.