The Magic, the Vision, the Power
Thomas Princen, in this chapter, argues that extraction of fossil fuels is far more than a utilitarian pursuit that motors industry. It is a way of life that impacts culture. Throughout the chapter, Princen uses rich examples to illustrate the cultural impacts on industrialized societies that glorify fossil fuels and the products they support, as well as poorer societies that live in extractive zones and are essentially invisible in the process. At both levels - consumers and sacrifice zone peoples – cultures and lives are impacted by fossil fuels. The myth, magic, and ultimate destructive impacts are laid out in this analysis.
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