Climate change and the oil industry

Author: Jon Birger Skjaerseth
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 184779579X
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Multinational corporations are not merely the problem in environmental concerns, but could also be part of the solution. The oil industry and climate change provide the clearest example of how the two are linked; what is less well-known is how the industry is responding to these concerns. This volume, available for the first time in paperback, presents a detailed study of the climate strategies of ExxonMobil, Shell and Statoil. With an innovative analytical approach, the authors explain variations at three decision-making levels: within the companies themselves, in the national home-bases of the companies, and at an international level. The analysis generates policy-relevant knowledge about whether and how corporate resistance to a viable climate policy can be overcome. The analytical approach developed by the authors is also applicable to other areas of environmental degradation where multinational corporations play a central role. The book is invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners interested in national and international environmental politics and business environmental management.

Environmental challenges confronting the oil industry

Author: Javier Estrada
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471977131
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Since the late 1980s, when the current tide of environmental concern began to rise, every improvement made by the oil industry has been followed by new demands for further progress. New problems have been placed on top of the old ones; first smog in the inner cities and oil spills on the beaches, then acid rain and forest die back followed by major tank disasters and renewed attention to urban air quality and finally, climatic change. The purpose of this book is to investigate whether the oil industry is able to extend and renew its social legitimacy as it faces its toughest agenda in a century the challenges stemming from its impact on the environment and the consequent public questioning of its role in society. To find out whether and how the oil industry has responded to environmental issues in general and climatic change in particular, five indicators of change vision & image, R&D, investments, and government relations have been selected. These have been assumed to be expressions of an environmental strategy which can be identified as reactive, cautious or creative. The empirical analysis begins with case studies of the environmental response of five major oil companies: Shell, Exxon, BP, Amoco and Statoil. The next step is a case study of the refinery sector, which is the most environmentally sensitive part of the industry in many ways. In addition, a brief description of how three industry associations have tackled the same environmental issues is included. The main readership for this book will be policy makers, planners and researchers in the oil industry, and environmental consultants.

Das Medien Klima

Author: Irene Neverla
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531942174
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Mediale Darstellungen sind für viele Menschen die zentrale Informationsquelle zum weltweiten Klimawandel. Massenmedien verdeutlichen die Relevanz des Themas, brechen globale Klimaveränderungen auf regionale Kontexte herunter und zeigen kurzfristige Folgen des langfristigen Wandels. Daher versuchen Wissenschaftler, Politiker, NGOs und Unternehmen, massenmedial zu Wort zu kommen und sich zu positionieren. Mediale Konstruktionen des Klimawandels, ihre Treiber und Wirkungen sind daher verstärkt ins Blickfeld der internationalen kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Forschung gerückt. Dieser Band sichtet die vorliegende Literatur, präsentiert den aktuellen Wissensstand und zeigt Forschungsperspektiven auf.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory

Author: Teena Gabrielson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199685274
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This Handbook defines, illustrates, and challenges the field of environmental political theory (EPT). Through a broad range of approaches, it shows how scholars have used concepts, methods, and arguments from political theory and closely related disciplines to address contemporary environmental problems. Topics include the relationship of EPT to traditions of political thought; EPT conceptualizations of nature, the environment, community, justice, responsibility,rights, and flourishing; explorations of the structures that constrain or enable the achievement of environmental ends; and analyses of methods for fostering environmental change.

Understanding Environmental Policy

Author: Steven Cohen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537689
Format: PDF
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The first edition of this pragmatic course text emphasized the policy value of a "big picture" approach to the ethical, political, technological, scientific, economic, and management aspects of environmental issues. The text then applied this approach to real-world case examples involving leaks in underground storage tanks, toxic waste cleanup, and the effects of global climate change. This second edition demonstrates the ongoing effectiveness of the book's framework in generating meaningful action and policy solutions to current environmental issues. The text adds case examples concerning congestion taxes, e-waste, hydrofracking, and recent developments in global climate change, updating references and other materials throughout and incorporating the political and policy changes of the Obama administration's first term and developments in national and global environmental issues.

Business and Environmental Politics in Canada

Author: Douglas Macdonald
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781551112770
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"This is an important and probing analysis and is without doubt the definitive book on business and environmental politics and policy in Canada." - G. Bruce Doern, Carleton University

Hydrocarbon Hucksters

Author: Ernest Zebrowski
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1617039004
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Hydrocarbon Hucksters is the saga of the oil industry’s takeover of Louisiana—its leaders, its laws, its environment, and, by rechanneling the flow of public information, its voters. It is a chronicle of mindboggling scientific and technical triumphs sharing the same public stew with myths about the “goodness” of oil and bald-faced public lies by politicians and the captains of industry. It is a story of money and power, greed and corruption, jingoism and exploitation, pollution and disease, and the bewilderment and resignation of too many of the powerless. Most importantly, Hydrocarbon Hucksters is a case study of what happens when a state uncritically hands the oil and petrochemical industries everything they desire. Today, Louisiana ranks at or near the bottom of the fifty states on virtually every measure related to the quality of life—income, health, education, environment, public services, public safety, physical infrastructure, and vulnerability to disasters (both natural and man-made). Nor, contrary to the claims of the hydrocarbon sector, has there been much in the way of job creation to offset all of this social grief. The authors (one a scientist, the other an environmental lawyer) have woven together the science, legal history, economic issues, and national and global contexts of what has happened. Their objective is to raise enough national awareness to prevent other parts of the United States from repeating Louisiana’s historical follies. The authors are uncle and niece, a generation apart, who have melded their conclusions from two separate tracks.

The Changing World of Oil

Author: Jerome D. Davis
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754641780
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In a unique analysis of the issues, leading commentators and international specialists present a ground-breaking view of the future of the oil industry. This approach, where by corporations are considered to be the dependent variables focusing particularly on 'mega-mergers' goes far beyond more conventional studies in this area.

Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics

Author: R. Falkner
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230277896
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This book puts forward a distinctive theoretical approach and analytical framework for studying business as an international actor in the environmental field, and provides detailed case studies of the most important environmental challenges in recent years.

U S Energy Tax Policy

Author: Gilbert E. Metcalf
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139492403
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The United States face enormous challenges in the energy area. Climate change, biofuels policy, energy security and environmental degradation are all intimately bound up with energy production and consumption. Historically, the federal government has relied on tax subsidies to effect energy policy. With mounting federal deficits, policymakers and advocates are increasingly calling for a rethinking of our energy tax policy. How can the federal tax code strengthen environmental policy and reduce security concerns in the area of energy? The authors tackle such difficult problems as climate change, efficient taxation of oil and gas, and optimal oil tax policy in a world with OPEC oil producers dominating world oil supply. This volume presents a number of innovative policy suggestions backed by sophisticated and cutting-edge research carried out by leading scholars in the area of energy taxation.