Electric streetlight piercing the black night But the political impact of the industry that brings us those things is also worth recognizing as a key ingredient in the global chaos and democratic downturn we re now living through Rachel Maddow is the top news personality at MSNBC host of The Rachel Maddow Show for the last eleven years One of the smartest people to be found on your television or screen of choice she relies on research facts and informed guests to present her viewers with as high end an hour of political news coverage as you can find anywhere all while being upbeat friendly funny and warm Watching her show it might not be totally obvious because she is so nice but she is a first class hard edged incisive intellectual a Rhodes scholar with a triumph of a book already to her credit Drift on our national tendency to war One other gift Maddow possesses is a talent for story telling Watch her A block the opening 20 minute segment of her show some night any night for a taste In Blowout Maddow looks at the centrality of oil by which we mean oil and gas to our history and to the events of the world today Rachel Maddow didn t set out to write a book But a nagging uestion led her there Why did Russia interfere in America s 2016 presidential election and why attack the United States in such a cunning way Although the MSNBC host regularly devotes ample airtime to the topic of Russia on The Rachel Maddow Show her digging led her to a thesis she thought was too long for TV from the NPR interviewRachel image from Hoochnet From her depiction of Vladimir Putin s visit to NYC to celebrate the opening of the first Lukoil gas station in the USA to the story of alarming means being used in an early attempt at fracking from a look at how third world dictators live large on oil revenues while their people suffer from the history of oil to the history of Putin from the big personalities to the local damage she takes you right there and walks you through the events like a docent leading a group through the Met a very slippery oily Met Watch that glimmery puddleOn our right is a family tree that echoes the shape of a gusher noting the beginning of oil drilling in 1859 see where Rockefeller and Standard Oil gets into the game and everything spreads out from there until the canvas is almost entirely covered in iridescent black goo John D Rockefeller image from Curious HistorianThis one over here is uite surprising There is a story to the mushrooms You think fracking for natural gas is a nasty brute force extraction method generating vast collateral damage You would be right of course but in the 60s and 70s an even scarier method of loosening up the gas trapped in underground shale and sandstone was tested three times Nukes Yes that s right As a part of Project Plowshare three Hiroshima level nuclear bombs were detonated in the continental USA Thankfully and unsurprisingly the resulting gas carried a level of radioactivity that was considered unmarketable so the project was abandoned Guess it had a very short half lifeMoving on look over here We have an excellent painting that shows how the oilgas companies control academic research as well as government regulatory agencies Notice how the energy company board overlaps the board of the local university the one sponsoring the researcher who is looking into the possible causes for the steroidal increase in earthuakes in Oklahoma an increase that occurred only after the introduction of fracking technology You might recognize the large claw like form in the painting and the academic in that claw being sueezed Definitely not OKOn your left you will see a modern image a dynamic sculpture showing the recent story of fracking very angular as the straight vertical lines veer suddenly horizontal but are accompanied by vast volumes of a goo called slickwater being forced into the ground If you look back up to the top you will see a geyser of very crude crude being forced up out of the ground The artist has included as part of the exhibition a special platform around the work Go ahead step up That bouncing and rumbling you feel beneath you is meant to mimic the actual experience of residents in heavily fracked locations Putin with his parents in 1985 before being sent to Germany as a KGB officer image from wikimediaThese lovely gilded tryptichs up ahead tell the story of Vladimir Putin his rise from KGB operative in Germany to possible anti Christ Each panel shows a step along his path growing from unknown KGB agent to mayor of St Petersburg to the accumulation of a group of loyalists called the siloviki which would be a great brand name for one of the few products Russia still produces vodka to aligning with then back stabbing Boris Yeltsin as the USSR descended from failed social experiment to full on gangster state kleptocracy We see in this one to your right how Pootee murders or ails not only political opponents but anyone foolish enough to own a successful business he wants to steal Doesn t the blood red go so dramatically against the gold Russia s shaky economy hampered
By A Reliance On Oil a reliance on oil gas helps explain the country s weakness and some of Russia s weakness explains why they attacked us in the way they did Maddow argues She says Vladimir Putin exploited Russia s lucrative oil industry to support his vision of making Russia a superpower again When you ve got one resource that s pulling in such a big revenue stream you tend to end up with very rich elites who will do anything to hold onto power who stopped doing the other things that governments should otherwise be doing to serve the needs of the people she said in an interview with All Things Considered from NPRAubrey McClendon image from Business InsiderIn the next room we have a few portraits of energy bigwigs Aubrey McClendon a genius at picking land to hold for resource development promoter of shale and gas drilling in the USA and iconic Oklahoma City booster Liked to use company money for his personal needs and had issues with price fixing collusion Got kicked out of his own company Robert S Kerr founder of Kerr McGee and a remarkably corrupt politician Harold Hamm a self made billionaire who never saw an environmental regulation he did not hate or a tax he was willing to accept The big one at the end of the hall the screaming T Rex is of course Rex Tillerson still spreading carnage across the planet and not yet trapped in that tar pit with the DJT inscription barely visible on it As you can see in the painting the artist was aware that T Rex hunted in packs No one is safe when these toothy critters were looking for a meal The bones you see in the background are the remains of scientists who dared to describe the impact carbon based energy
Usage Has Had On The Planet And has had on the planet and who opposed the local leader siphoning off all the oil royalties for themselvesHarold Hamm image from AP via PoliticoUp ahead the mural you see may remind you of Picasso s Guernica but this one is called The Resource Curse It shows how a poor country discovers oil the pastoral fields being flooded with black the local leader growing at one end of the mural from a small bully to an inflated grotesue crushing his people alongside an even larger T rex the people fleeing and screaming in despairTeodori. He 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?.
Read Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ç Rachel MaddowThis amazing and brilliant book gets five stars from me I m not normally known for reading non fiction especially current events usually make me furious but I can highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in returning a minimum of democracy to democratic governments and breaking the strangle hold of big industry not ust the oil and gas industry on governments east and west Very well researched and as one might expect from Rachel Maddow she manages also to spice the book with humour black humour to be sure but funny neverthelessRead it Blowout by Rachel MaddowOil and its corruption have had a massive impact on our world to be sure Maddow attempts to tell us this using many current examples and is mostly successful in her effortFirst the positive1 Maddow a Rhodes Scholar has a nose for what is important I feel that all of the oil related threads covered in this book are of importance and individually are interesting2 Although she uses a few too many idioms at times her sentence structure and thought processes are easy to follow 3 Maddow may be knowledgeable about political impacts of big oil than ust about anybody She has spent countless hours on her talk show discussing the topic and interviewing knowledgeable people4 The Rex Tillerson coverage and Maddow s repeated digs toward him were far and away my favorite part of the book How can a Boy Scout like Tillerson grow up to betray America s interests And according to Maddow s reporting in this book he goes to great lengths to do so Then the negative1 The topic as presented is unwieldy 2 There was not enough time spent writing researching or editing the book It is of a current events book in a way Ten years from now I don t think the book will be of much interest or have much historical value3 The major and minor threads while interesting had little in common beyond oil The Oklahoma natural gas thread with OKC Thunder owner McClendon and his suicide had no intersection with Rex Tillerson Vladimir Putin Gucifer 20 or oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea35 stars I recently read Maddow s first book entitled Drift about the military industrial complex I felt that reading that book first helped me understand her method of presenting complicated dataThe book is well written and meticulously researched I am impressed at how thorough Maddow is with her research and analysis She apparently was attempting to understand why Russia meddled in our 2016 election and ended up completing an academic research and analysis of the oil and gas industry Maddow also provided detailed information about Vladimir Putin as well as a mini biography of Rex Tillerson The author does an excellent ob revealing historical texture to the current oil and gas industry She also provides one of the best descriptions of fracking I have come across When considering the earthuakes and the risks of contaminating water and soil with very toxic chemicals why would anyone allow fracking is something I do not understand I learned a lot about the Russians the petroleum industry and fracking Maddow does an excellent ob putting complex data into easy to understand informationI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is fifteen hours and thirty three minutes I particularly enjoyed listening to Maddow narrate the book Well this has been uite a reading experience a seuence of aha and I remember that moments followed by my absorbing the deeper meaning behind a news story or legislative moment that occurred sometime within the past several years As a news Singing the Law junkie since childhood I knew something about most of the subjects that Maddow covers in her over arching view of the oil industry at work throughout the world Even my most pessimistic self would not have imagined the inner workings of the US components of this business This is my first time reading a book by Rachel Maddow who I have enjoyed watching on television She presents her information in a conversational tone The facts are backed up with uotations statistics etc which are fully delineated in the Sources section provided at the end of the bookAnd there are so many outrageous events detailed in Blowout From very basic concepts such as why does an industry that has historically had some of if not the highest profits in United States history still receive annual tax breaks they were initially given as incentives to explore And what about the huge increase in earthuakes that seemed to in the area of fracking And what the relationship between Exxon and RussiaPutin These areust three areas dealt with in depth There are also very strong to Ukraine here ones that I don t recall hearing discussed on any talk shows yet More reasons why Putin would want to destabilize that country All in all I think this is is a must read for anyone confused worried otherwise wondering what is happening in this world around us where there seemed to be some rules in the past and now it s a free for all So highly recommended It is a very readable source on the oil industry the new Russia the state of our democracy and our potential futureA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review If you re a regular viewer of her show or like me a regular listener to her podcast you re aware that Rachel s stories come with EXHAUSTIVE background preambles and prefatory material But if you re a regular viewer of her show you know the windup is worth it This book takes a little while to get off the ground but eventually it soars Blowout Corrupted Democracy Rouge State Russia and The Richest Most Destructuve Industry on Earthby Rachel Maddowdue 10 1 2019Crown5050 netgalley BlowoutWhat the Frack is going on with the oil and gas industry How did we as a Democratic country get to this point Regardless of age sex race religion political beliefs etc how did we become dependent on a global industry built on corruption greed and incompetence Rachel Maddow brings it all together and makes this complicated issue easy to understand She explains the power complexities and political gamesmanship behind fracking How Yeltsin literally gave the Russisn Presidency to Putin and how and why Putin used the oil industry to maintain his power by sending the crude oil to its biggest oil rival
the USAFrom Oklahoma City to Russia to Siberia and Euatorial Guinea we see how oilUSAFrom Oklahoma City to Russia to Siberia and Euatorial Guinea we see how oil the crude pollutants from fracking Russia to Siberia and Euatorial Guinea we see how oil the crude pollutants from fracking by unsafe drilling an industry that has taken far from the earth than it ever gave ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson are examples of the mindless incompetence that make full transparency necessary We hold the responsibility of separating the corporate from the villainsAubrey s Chesapeake Energy Oklahomas earthuake outbreak of 2010 due to fracking the Alaskan drilling fiasco the Winter Olympics at Sochi in 2014 and Pussy Riot Guccifer It s all here and so essential to understanding exactly what is happening and whyOne of the things I admire and live about Rachel Maddow is how she will lay a foundation by sharing the history and importance of issues policies and subjects By explaining both sides we can decide for ourselves where we stand without being preached at and told what to believe Her wit candor humility and her original spin for me make her a woman who uses her inte. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy Winner Take All In 2010 the words “earthuake 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 ust the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Euatorial 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. ,
Lligence to make people aware for the greater good This book is an example of ust that I learned so much about the oil industry the conseuences of non transparency and the willingness to deceive to win Mostly I learned we need to re think the need vs the greed of oilThank you for this exceptional necessary and timely book RachelThank you to netgalley for sharing this reuested e book ARC for review You don t see the forest for the trees until the end of this book In chapter after chapter Rhodes Scholar and MSNBC political talk show host Rachel Maddow focuses the reader s attention on a wide range of loosely related but highly detailed stories told in long form ournalism style By the end a broader pattern emerges and it becomes clearer that Blowout is about the three subjects listed in its subtitle1 The Richest Most Destructive Industry on EarthMaddow makes the case that the global oil and gas industry has been obsessed with profit than any other industry due to the sheer magnitude of profits available ever since John D Rockefeller launched it in the mid nineteenth century She describes vast destruction to the environment caused by oil and gas extraction due to freuent leaks and other failures but also due to best practices as for example the Oklahoma earthuake swarms triggered by injection wells as a part of the fracking process Although she aims her signature snark at the titans and shills of the giant corporations in the oil and gas business she doesn t really blame them for being what they are What is the point of outrage at oil and gas producers What good can possibly come of it It s like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle You can t really blame the lion 2 Rogue State RussiaShe does blame Putin for not managing Russia s enormous oil and gas reserves to improve the welfare of its people on the way to restoring it eventually to superpower status as a rival to the US Instead Putin opted for a shorter and easier path which solved two problems it gave him permanent ob security and it saved Russia the pain in the butt of actually building itself a modern twenty first century economy and government Putin s most fateful decision for his country was that oil and gas wouldn t Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ just be the profitable crownewel in Russia s diversified economic array it would be Russia s everything And Putin would exercise almost complete control over it and use it in whatever way he saw fit 3 Corrupted DemocracyPutin s ambitions to make Russia great again by utilizing ExxonMobil s technology and expertise to tap into its massive Arctic oil and gas reserves were thwarted by US brokered sanctions against Russia and its oil and gas oligarchs following Putin s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea in 2014 also an oil play Faced with this obstacle Maddow argues that Putin fell back on hacking as a geopolitical strategy It s cheap It s doable and it doesn t reuire making anybody think better of Russia The agents of the Kremlin Literature of Africa just have to tell the lies often enough and loud enough to sow doubt and dissension to prove that leaders and governments and institutions in the United States areust as crappy as Russia s Blowout is stronger on defining problems than proposing solutions Maddow finds hope in a successful 2018 campaign by Oklahoma teachers which overcame generations of oil and gas industry control of the state legislature and resulted in the reuired 75% majorities in both houses for incremental increases in energy production taxes allowing the state to begin to address chronic underfunding of schools which had resulted in it dropping to 49th in per student spending among all statesIn the end Maddow calls on activists ournalists and voters to preserve and protect our democracies from the influence of the industry and from the rogue state anti democracy behemoth it has fueled in Russia because Democracy either wins this one or disappears It oughtta be a blowoutAs informative as the book is I don t think it likely that it will change a lot of minds Those who agree with Maddow will like it and those who don t probably won tBlowout Corrupted Democracy Rogue State Russia and the Richest Most Destructive Industry on Earth I love Rachel Maddow and I think that she is brilliant This non fiction was my book group choice yesterday It made for an interesting discussion Most of the group are fans of the authorprobably why this is my book group of choice I ve had this book on my TBR since the day it was announced and none of my excitement diminished when I was rejected for the ARC It only meant I had to wait for the release day and I m glad I did because now I got the opportunity to both read the book and listen to the audiobook narrated by Rachel herself which was an absolutely riveting experienceIf you have read any of my reviews before particularly the non fiction ones you know I m fairly liberal so it should not come as a surprise that I m also a fan of Rachel Maddow s show And I may have to preface this review by saying that you ll really enjoy the experience of reading or listening to this book if you like Rachel s style of narration on her show She is witty and snarky but also has this meandering way of storytelling in her show everyday where you are initially wondering where she s going with it but ultimately she ll draw a very full picture for you to understand And that s exactly how this book is written It s signature Rachel and I feel that you may not fully appreciate it if you are unfamiliar with her reporting However meandering the writing may feel she manages to give excellent historical context to the events that are being explained and the major players who are responsible for
them and even if the timeline is not always linear I wasn t really ever confused Theand even if the timeline is not always linear I wasn t really ever confused The is also full of information and I really mean lots of information and it can feel overwhelming for atleast the first uarter of the book but once you get the hang of it you become familiar with what it s all about and then it unfolds like a very interesting and thrilling story spanning decades Beginning with the Oil boom in the US in the late 19th century and ending with some conclusions of the Mueller report this really is the saga of the Oil and Gas industry across the globe and years and how it has changed everythingIt s an undeniable reality that our current way of life depends a lot on the Oil and Gas industry The use of fossil fuels have changed the way we live but it has also meant the industry has become a major power player across the world in a way that threatens geopolitical stability but also the daily lives of people living across the US The events statements and conseuences that Rachel explains in the book show us an industry that is consumed by its greed for increasing its oilgas production it lust for money and power industry that consumed by its greed for increasing its oilgas production it s lust for money and power absolutely any cost as long as their bottom line is served the rest of the world can go to hell It is eual parts horrifying and amusing unbelievable but also kinda obvious and particularly scary at times because I couldn t as a reader figure out if there was a way out of all the messAnd when we a I like driving a pickup and heating my house as much as the next person and the through line between energy and economic growth and development is as clear to me as an. Its crooked the unimaginably lucrative and eually corrupting oil and gas industry With her trademark black humor Maddow takes us on a switchback ourney 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 US 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