Foreword -- Introduction-- ch. 1. The history of oil -- 1. The early uses of oil / Wayne M. Pafko -- 2. The construction of the first oil well / Brian Black -- 3. How America's fascination with cars led to oil dependence / Matthew Yeomans -- 4. Marion King Hubbert predicts the end of the oil age / David Goodstein -- ch. 2. Does oil harm the environment? -- 1. The burning of oil causes global warming / Ross Gelbspan -- 2. The link between oil use and global warming is a myth / David Bellamy -- 3. Oil drilling should be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge / Arctic Power -- 4. Oil drilling should not be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge / Natural Resources Defense Council -- 5. Oil spills are a serious problem / Page Spencer -- 6. Oil spills are rare / Battelle Environmental Updates -- ch. 3. Is oil a viable energy source for the future? -- 1. The world will run out of oil / Paul Craig Roberts -- 2. The world will not run out of oil / Julian L. Simon -- 3. American should transistion from oil to renewable energy / Stephen Leeb and Donna Leeb -- 4. A transition to renewable energy is impractical / Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills -- Facts about oil -- Glossary -- Chronology-- For further reading -- Index -- Picture credits -- About the editor.
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using oil and it's derivatives as sources of energy.