Oil and Society

The political chemistry of oil (18:06)

March 5, 2011, 10:25 pm
Source: Lisa Margonelli / TED.com

Date of Video: Jun. 28, 2010

In the Gulf oil spill's aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil -- by confronting consumers with its real cost.

Lisa Margonelli is the director of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative. She writes about the global culture and economy of energy. Lisa Margonelli's work examines the promise and possibility of a post-oil world. She has studied California's opportunity to benefit from new technologies and policies, and is looking at the unexpected complications of alternative fuels and energy efficiency.

Margonelli has been published in The Atlantic, New York Times online, Washington Post, Wired and other publications. Her book about the oil supply chain, Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long Strange Trip to Your Tank, was recognized as one of the 25 Notable Books of 2007 by the American Library Association.

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Nomack, M. (2011). The political chemistry of oil (18:06). Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/video/51cbf0557896bb431f6a139c

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