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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era$
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Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno, and Pamela L. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028806

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.001.0001

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The Cultural

The Cultural

The Magic, the Vision, the Power

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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era

Thomas Princen

The MIT Press

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.

Keywords:   Cultural Change, History of oil, Fossil Fuel Myths, Power, The Age of Oil, John D. Rockefeller, ExxonMobil, Worldwide Consumption, Boosters, Limits to Growth

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