Running Dry (Paperback)

Essays on Energy, Water, and Environmental Crisis (Pinpoints)

By Toby Craig Jones

Rutgers University Press, 9780813569963, 112pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2015

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The world’s water is under siege. A combination of corporate greed, the elite pursuit of political power, and our unrelenting reliance on carbon-based energy is accerlating a broad range of environmental and political crises. Potentially catastrophic climate change, driven primarily by the consumption of oil and gas, threatens the environment in a variety of ways, including producing unprecedented patterns of heavy weather and superstorms in some places and droughts in others. Alongside intensifying environmental dangers posed by our reliance on carbon energy, the conditions of modern life, from happiness to the possibility of democratic politics, are also being undermined. 
In Running Dry, historian Toby Craig Jones explores how modern society’s unquenchable thirst for carbon-based energy is endangering the environment broadly, as well as the historical roots of this threat. This accessible book examines the history of the "energy-water nexus," the ways in which oil and gas extraction poison and dry up water resources, the role of corporate "science" in deflecting attention away from the emerging crises, and the ways in which the rush to capture more energy is also challenging America's democratic order. 

About the Author

TOBY CRAIG JONES is an associate professor of history and the director of the Global and Comparative History master’s degree program at Rutgers University. He is also the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia

Praise For Running Dry: Essays on Energy, Water, and Environmental Crisis (Pinpoints)

"Toby Craig Jones's Running Dry: Essays on Energy, Water, and Environmental Crisis is a very small book about a very big topic ... And with little room to waste words, he doesn't mince them either  - cutting through the fog of current 'terrorism' discussion to declare that 'America's wars in the Middle East have been directly linked to the terms and ways of thinking about energy,' fixed in place since the 1973 oil embargo."—Los Angeles Review of Books

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— Los Angeles Review of Books