Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli

By Lisa Margonelli

Oil at the mind is a great, unusually humorous account of the oil industry—the humans, economies, and pipelines that convey us petroleum, brilliantly illuminating a global we come upon each day.Americans purchase 10000 gallons of gas a moment, with out giving it a lot of a inspiration. the place does all this gasoline come from? Lisa Margonelli’s wish to examine took her on a one-hundred thousand mile trip from her neighborhood fuel station to grease fields part a global away. looking for the reality in the back of the myths, she wriggled her method into probably the most off-limits locations in the world: the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the hot York Mercantile Exchange’s crude oil industry, oil fields from Venezuela, to Texas, to Chad, or even an Iranian oil platform the place the us fought a forgotten one-day conflict. In a narrative via turns surreal and alarming, Margonelli meets lonely employees on a Texas drilling rig, an oil analyst who virtually gave start at the NYMEX buying and selling ground, Chadian villagers who're acknowledged to wander the oil fields within the guise of lions, a Nigerian warlord who replaced the realm cost of oil with a unmarried mobile phone name, and Shanghai bureaucrats who dream of constructing a brand new Detroit. Deftly piecing jointly the titanic financial system of oil, Margonelli unearths a chain of stark symptoms for American drivers.

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Just last week he took a critical look around the store and decided the greeting cards had to go. He's replacing them with an ATM, which will yield a profit of about a dollar a transaction—similar to selling 20 QAS STATION 19 gallons of gas, except that you don't have to worry about an ATM catching fire, leaking into groundwater, or evaporating. Once I started hanging out in gas stations, I saw their skeletons everywhere. My drives around town became expeditions through an old gas station battlefield.

But that's not all. She also needs to be buying that gasoline from the cheapest supplier at the moment—there are four selling unbranded gas in this area at different locations. 25 cent per gallon. "A good dispatcher has a bit of larceny in 'em," says Chris's boss, Mark Mitchell. "They stay calm when everything is going nuts. " This morning was a case in point. When part of one of the seven local refineries went down, wholesale prices zoomed up 6 cents in less than ten minutes—a huge rise in an industry where prices are calculated to the hundredth of a cent.

The average passenger car in 1950 used 627 gallons of fuel a year; by 1972 it was using 754: Fuel economy actually went down. And still, stations were offering anything they could to customers to grab more market share. Herb was giving Kleenex, stamps redeemable for panty hose, hula hoops, and cooking utensils. Self-serve caught on, but in a desultory way. By the late 1960s only 16 percent of stations in the country were self-serve. S. support of Israel in the 24 OIL ON THE BRAIN Yom Kippur War.

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