Rachel Maddow


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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy—Winner Take All

In 2010, the words “earthquake swarm” entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia—including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove—was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.

With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, “like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can’t really blame the lion. It’s in her nature.”

Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”

Rachel Maddow is host of the Emmy Award-winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, as well as the author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Maddow received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University and earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with h...

石油天然气国际政治,太多敏感 的词汇不让写啦
石油行业…主旨是辱骂普京 😂
想到石油国家总觉得它们无比幸运,读了这本书才理解"资源诅咒"。油气开采前期投入大,需要可预测的政治环境,这使得大企业喜欢腐败的独裁者--只需买通一个环节就能锁定长期利润,不用费神民意和政策;轻松暴利让独裁者不断加固自己,剿灭威胁到他们权力的人,利益集团愈发长久稳固;Drill baby drill不像其他的科技建设,基本无法带动周边产业的发展。国家会越来越依赖油气出口,走上民生越发脆弱的恶性循环。俄国,赤道几内亚,阿塞拜疆,中东等都被资源诅咒索锁死了。 受暴利驱使油气企业野蛮扩张,影响政策甚至妨碍学术自由。无心发展解决安全隐患的技术,一切用钱解决,一切为了效率。严格立法要求透明才可能遏制资源诅咒,人类要求自保必须为之战斗。 作者语调辛辣,流畅好读。对俄乌问题,普京势力来龙去脉等都有了更多理解
Rachel Maddow也太逗了,虽然是沉重又急迫的现实。长知识