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Book Event: Antonia Juhasz’s The Tyranny of Oil

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Come hear IPS visiting scholar Antonia Juhasz discuss her new book, The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--And What We Must Do To Stop It (
Finally, the inside story on Big Oil.

A "timely, blistering critique... white-hot... Explosive fuel for the raging debate on oil prices." - Kirkus Reviews.

The hardest-hitting exposé of the oil industry in decades answers today's most pressing energy questions:

Why have oil and gasoline prices risen so quickly?
Where will prices go in the future?
Who’s really controlling those prices?
How much oil is left?
How far will Big Oil go to get it?
And at what cost to the economy, environment, human rights, worker safety, public health, democracy, and America’s place in the world?

"A worthy successor to 'The Prize'...A riveting read with a bold blueprint for ending the madness." - Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

"At last, a no-holds-barred book that traces the story of Big Oil from the rise of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company to the scandals and obscene profits of today. Juhasz convincingly demonstrates how Standard Oil's descendants—Exxon, Mobil, and Chevron—have reassembled much of the power once wielded by their progenitor." - Professor Michael T. Klare, author, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

"Juhasz identifies and articulates an extraordinary problem, provides the critical details, offers real solutions, and gives concrete steps to achieve them." - Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

In The Tyranny of Oil, Antonia Juhasz pulls back the curtain on Big Oil—uncovering virtually unparalleled global power, influence over elected officials, lax regulatory oversight, the truth behind $150-a-barrel oil, $4.50-a-gallon gasoline, and the highest profit in corporate history. Exposing an industry that thrives on secrecy, Juhasz shows how Big Oil manages to hide its business dealings from policy makers, legislators, and most of all, consumers. She reveals exactly what Big Oil wants and how it plans to get it—through money, influence, and lies. Juhasz then provides a clear set of meaningful and achievable solutions, including the break-up of Big Oil.

The Tyranny of Oil prepares readers for election 2008--allowing them to interpret the constant stream of competing proposals and perplexing news stories about gasoline and oil prices, offshore oil drilling, Big Oil's role in the larger economy, wars for oil, and much more. It arms with the facts while guiding readers through the industry's rapacious history--demonstrating how the worst abuses of the robber-baron era are being revisited today.

Drawing on considerable historical research, Juhasz explores the parallels between today's companies and Standard Oil, the most powerful corporation of the early 20th century, whose stranglehold on the economy and government was broken only by the vision and persistence of activists and like-minded politicians. We are in a similar position today, Juhasz argues, with the 2008 elections offering a unique opportunity for ordinary Americans to come together, reclaim their voices, and shore up our nation’s crumbling democratic foundation.

A tool for meaningful change that blends history, original investigative research and reporting, interviews with key industry insiders, and a unique focus on activism, The Tyranny of Oil is required reading for every concerned global citizen.


Human Rights Abuses: Taking on Chevron

The U.S. Capitol Room SVC 212/210, Washington, DC, United States

A new powerful international campaign on Chevron presents an exciting new organizing model for corporate campaigners and human rights activists everywhere. The new Chevron Program at Global Exchange links Chevron affected communities across the United States and around the world to expose the true cost of Chevron and reign in the entire oil industry.  Learn about the campaign and communities in struggle against Chevron in Nigeria, Burma, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, California, and elsewhere in defense of their human rights.

Kerry Kennedy, acclaimed human rights activist and author, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights (on Ecuador)

Antonia Juhasz, author, The Tyranny of Oil (on book tour for the paperback release, updated with a new foreword), Director, The Chevron Program, Global Exchange and an Associate Fellow with IPS (The Chevron Program)

Paul Donowitz, Campaign Coordinator, EarthRights International (Burma, Nigeria)

Kate Watters, Executive Director, Crude Accountability (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan)

Steven Donziger, lead plantiffs attorney, Aquinda v. Chevron (Ecuador)

Benefit Event for Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Eatonville Restaurant 2121 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, United States

We know the power of poetry to demand change and to heal our world. On July 31, at Eatonville restaurant, we will be using that power to throw a benefit for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a grassroots 501(c)3 environmental health and justice organization that has been helping residents living near Louisiana refineries fight air pollution for years, and is now helping them track and respond to the BP Oil Disaster that is ravaging the Gulf.

Community Rights and Oil Extraction

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast. A largely semi-desert country, Chad is also rich in gold and uranium and some would say stands to benefit from its recently-acquired status as an oil-exporting state. Yet others contend that developments in Chad illustrate the problems when poor nations try to leverage oil and gas production within the confines of the global economic order.

Brown Bag Discussion: Venezuela, Heavy Oil, and A Renewable Energy Transition

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

The US and Venezuela are at odds on the government level but share one thing in common; both countries are heavily dependent on fossil fuel exploitation. Join IPS’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Networks for a conversation on: what lessons the US can learn from Venezuela’s experiences as it  plans to transition to a renewable energy economy; and the prospects of Venezuela agreeing not to exploit its heavy oil reserves.

Author Event: The Oil Road

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

An event about a book on "Journeys From The Caspian Sea to the City of London.

Author Event: Foreclosing The Future

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

IPS joins Teaching for Change bookstore, Busboys and Poets, and others to welcome Bruce Rich to discuss and sign his new book on "the world bank and the politics of environmental destruction."