Petroleum industry and trade
May 2, 2012 — In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 12, 2010 — In Crude World, journalist Peter Maass argues that our relentless pursuit of oil has created a host of problems in the world — particularly in the countries that hold the most deposits. He explains why our dependence on the fossil fuel is not without social and environmental costs.
Jul 22, 2010 — Before the BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst domestic oil spill was the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Alaska. The accident gave the oil giant a jolt and prompted the company to rethink its approach to safety. Now, Exxon does considerably better than the industry average on several safety-related measures.
Jul 12, 2009 — Thirty years ago, President Jimmy Carter diagnosed the nation with "a crisis of confidence," and Americans' reception of the criticism was overwhelmingly positive. But within days, the good will had dried up.
May 25, 2009 — In his new book, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, economist Jeff Rubin says rising oil prices will lead to a major restructuring of our economy and lifestyles.
Feb 3, 2009 — Oil, ego and economics mix in Bryan Burrough's chronicle of the spectacular rise and often sordid fall of Texas' wealthiest and most powerful families.
Jan 17, 2009 — The Booker prize-winner's latest novel, an exploration of power and ambition, features a cast of characters bumping up against each other in 1914 Mesopotamia in 1914.
Oct 7, 2008 — A fellow at Oil Change International and at the Institute for Policy Studies, she argues that the oil industry's grip on policy and government has never been stronger. She documents her concerns — and argues for remedies — in a new book.
Oct 25, 2007 — In The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea, veteran foreign correspondent Steve LeVine writes about the high-stakes political gamesmanship over control of the rich oil resources in that region.