Moje branje zadnjih dni – “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations“. Kdor hoče razumeti velik del vzrokov sodobnega globalnega spopada, mora prebrati to knjigo Daniela Yergina, Pullitzerjevega nagrajenca za knjigo “The Prize” (2009). Eden izmed ključnih razlogov in poligonov za spopad je energija, druga dva sta trgovinska globalizacija in vojna za globalno valutno dominacijo. Da še vas zakurim, je spodaj nekaj kratkih recenzij iz Amazona.
A new type of Cold War is emerging between China and the West. . The global order is being simultaneously shaken by climate change and the shale revolution in oil and gas – and now by the coronavirus. Controversial fracking technology has given America unprecedented leverage as the world’s leading energy powerhouse, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia, upending the chessboard of global politics and changing the psychology of the global economy. Despite being weighed down by sanctions, Russia is pivoting east toward China as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping unite to challenge America and lay claim to almost all of the South China Sea, one of the world’s most critical trade routes. Elsewhere, the map of the Middle East created after World War I is being attacked by ISIS and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as the region struggles to come to grips with the recent oil price collapse caused by the rise of shale. Oil producers, from the Middle East and Moscow to corporate boardrooms around the world, now fear that peak demand for oil is coming as renewable energy vies with fossil fuels.
The New Map tells a sweeping story about how the role of energy in climate change is shaping geopolitical discussions, challenging our industries and our lifestyles, and accelerating a second energy revolution – the quest for renewables. It also brings realism to the debates over the energy transition.
“It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape… [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. In Yergin’s lucid, easy prose, the 800 pages flow freely… The Quest is… the definitive guide to how we got here.”
(THE FINANCIAL TIMES )
“An important book… a valuable primer on the basic issues that define energy today. Yergin is careful in his analysis and never polemical… Despite that, The Quest makes it clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere in the world and that everyone—on the left and the right, in the developed and the developing world—need to rethink strongly held positions.” (THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (Fareed Zakaria) )
“Mr Yergin’s previous book, The Prize, a history of the global oil industry, had the advantage of an epic tale and wondrous timing… The Quest, as its more open-ended title suggests, is a broader and more ambitious endeavour… The Quest is a masterly piece of work and, as a comprehensive guide to the world’s great energy needs and dilemmas, it will be hard to beat.”
(THE ECONOMIST )
“The Quest is a book—a tour de force, really—that evaluates the alternatives to oil so broadly and deeply that the physical tome could double as a doorstop… It is best read slowly, perhaps one chapter per day maximum, if the goal is to actually absorb the rich detail and sometimes complicated workings described by Yergin.” (USA TODAY ) –This text refers to the hardcover edition.