As the world's most important energy source, oil plays a vital role in society. Oil consumption is a driving force in economic growth, and oil is the principal fuel for the world's transportation system. Oil corporations are among the world's largest, and they wield enormnous economic and political power, often times in controversial ways. Violent conflict over the world's remaining supplies of oil is now a dominant feature of global geopolitics.
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted directly from: “Impact on Children and Families of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Preliminary Findings of the Coastal Population...
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