By Dan Briody
Through the 2000 vice presidential debate, whilst Dick Cheney used to be requested approximately his monetary luck as Halliburton's CEO, he replied that the govt. had performed no function in it. yet even Cheney himself could not quite think that. Halliburton has taken the assumption of the military-industrial complicated to a degree by no means sooner than visible. And in its likely unstoppable march to turning into the seller of selection for the USA army, Halliburton maintains to court docket controversy.In The Halliburton time table, Halliburton and its subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root, shape the basis of an interesting tale of cronyism and clash of curiosity that has in simple terms elevated in momentum over the past decade.Award-winning journalist and bestselling writer Dan Briody cuts in the course of the veil of secrecy that cloaks this arguable corporation, and divulges how the confluence of commercial and politics has ended in questionable offers in addition to monetary windfalls for Halliburton, its executives, and its subsidiaries.
By Smith R., Emshwiller J.R.
This can be the tale of Rebecca Smith and John R. Emshwiller, the 2 newshounds who led the Wall road Journal's reporting on Enron and exposed the unorthodox partnerships on the middle of the scandal via ability, success, and incessant determination.It started in August 2001when Emshwiller was once assigned to write down a supposedly easy article at the unforeseen resignation of Enron CEO Jeff Skilling. in the course of his examine, Emshwiller exposed a buried connection with an off-balance-sheet partnership referred to as LJM. Little did he be aware of, this was once the beginning of a quick and livid experience during the amazing downfall of a as soon as highly-prized company.Written in an excessive, fast-paced narrative kind, 24 Days tells the gripping tale of the sizeable cave in of what may develop into the world's so much infamous company. The reader follows alongside as Smith and Emshwiller proceed to discover new partnerships and self-dealing one of the maximum degrees of Enron's administration. As they submit articles detailing their findings within the magazine, Wall highway and person traders have a predicament of self assurance and begin promoting Enron inventory at unheard of degrees of quantity. finally - 24 brief days later - Enron had thoroughly collapsed, erasing sixteen years of progress and wasting $19 billion in industry worth whereas staring at the inventory drop from $33.84 to $8.41. not just used to be the corporate destroyed, yet traders and retired staff have been thoroughly wiped out-all the whereas Enron executives have been accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars.Climaxing with this 24-day interval, this publication indicates the reporter's-eye view of a David-and-Goliath conflict among reporters and an enormous company. every day a brand new tale exposed one other truth; every day the corporate issued denials. And whilst the investigative tales reached serious mass and momentum, the inventory marketplace forged its ultimate vote of no self belief. within the culture of Indecent publicity and Barbarians on the Gate, different gripping narratives that started as a sequence of Wall road magazine tales and ended up as books that outlined an period, 24 Days brings the significance of significant investigative journalism to lifestyles.
By M. Evren Tok, Lolwah R. M. Alkhater, Leslie A. Pal
This publication explores, in a chain of distinctive case experiences, how public coverage is absolutely made in Qatar. whereas Qatar is a Gulf monarchy, its governance is complicated. different analysts have attempted to come back to grips with this complexity utilizing certified descriptions of the method comparable to 'late rentier,' 'pluralized autocracy,' 'tribal democracy,' or 'soft authoritarian.' The authors of the amount use the lens of a transformative kingdom. Qatar is intentionally engaged in a quick technique of radical financial and societal transformation. That approach has its contradictions and tensions, rather almost about attaining a stability among Islam, social traditions, and modernity. This booklet explores the way it additionally has a particular coverage dynamic of producing rules and associations, constructing coverage and application designs, implementation and coordination.
By Loren C. Steffy
The definitive account of the way BP's win-at-all-costs tradition resulted in this era's maximum commercial catastrophe
"A conscientiously and powerfully written story." monetary occasions
"When an writer makes use of a loaded be aware like 'reckless' in a book's name, the weight of facts is excessive. . . . Steffy meets the load by way of demonstrating that company behemoth BP (formerly British Petroleum) can have avoided the eleven deaths on April 20, 2010, aboard the Deepwater Horizon. . . . The deaths and the big oil spill following the sinking of Deepwater Horizon would definitely develop into a landmark of company ineptness and greed for the rest of human historical past, thank you partially to Steffy's extraordinary account." San Antonio Express-News
"Steffy has produced a desirable, gripping, revealing account. . . . The booklet info occasions aboard the Deepwater Horizon in April of 2010 to begin, however it digs deeper into what's printed as a tradition of cost-cutting boiling over inside of BP. Steffy records years of incidents and bad administration judgements, detailing the increase of key characters like John Browne and Tony Hayward along riveting outlines of frightening occasions in Texas urban and at different BP destinations. . . . The e-book reads like fiction every now and then, with the author's heavily-detailed bills of explosions and conversations developing brilliant, approximately fantastical pictures. The tragic background of BP is all-too-real, even though, because the misplaced lives and environmental harm definitely attest to.. . . Steffy is a radical, effortless writer. His issues principally lie with the demise and the overall tradition of cost-cutting of BP, portray an apt and terrifying photo of rampant, regular, expensive neglect." Seattle put up Intelligencer
"Steffy presents worthwhile perception and an important company context in explaining how a lot oil ended up within the Gulf of Mexico." BusinessWeek
"[Steffy's] investigations display a company tradition of cost-cutting tasks that placed earnings prior to employees' lives and the surroundings, with repeated defense violations and an abysmal twist of fate heritage. . . . Steffy info how, within the context of BP's checklist, the catastrophe used to be simply a part of a trend of bad selection making within the relentless pursuit by way of BP to turn into the most important and so much ecocnomic oil corporation within the world." Booklist
About the ebook
As evening settled on April 20, 2010, a chain of explosions rocked Deepwater Horizon, the monstrous semisubmersible drilling platform leased via British Petroleum, situated forty miles off the Louisiana coast. the consequent inferno claimed eleven lives, and it should rage uncontained for 2 days, until eventually its wreckage sank to a last resting position approximately a mile underneath the waves. at the ocean ground, the unit's wellhead erupted. Over the subsequent ten weeks, as repeated makes an attempt to cap the geyser failed, an anticipated 2 hundred million gallons of oil—the an identical of 20 Exxon Valdez spills—spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, finally lapping up on shorelines as far-off as Florida.
Drowning in Oil , through award-winning Houston Chronicle enterprise reporter and columnist Loren Steffy—considered by way of many to be the author with the simplest entry to the story—is an remarkable and gripping narrative of this disaster and the way BP's winner-take-all enterprise tradition made all of it yet inevitable.
Through never-before-published interviews with BP executives and staff, environmental specialists, and oil insiders, Steffy takes us backstage of a hundred years of BP company background. starting with the conglomerate's early gambits within the center East to its contemporary ascent between strength titans, Steff reveals the roots of the Gulf oil spill within the unwritten discount among oil manufacturers and shoppers, whose insatiable appetites force the hunt for brand spanking new provides quicker, farther, and deeper.
Beyond this, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe happened after a historical past of rate slicing in pursuit of gains, really below the suggestions of its most up-to-date ex-CEOs, John Browne and Anthony Hayward.
Exhaustively researched and documented, Drowning in Oil is the 1st in-depth exam of ways a scarcity of company accountability and govt oversight ended in the most important offshore oil spill in U.S. background. it's an goal, no-punches-pulled account of the strength undefined: its environmental influence and the serious festival between stakeholders in cutting-edge oil markets.
This booklet places every part jointly, delivering a definitive account of BP's pursuit of oversized earnings because the business international awakens to the awful realities of height Oil.
" They fumbled round the darkened room and located an handbook. through flashlight, they learn the beginning methods. They have been doing every thing correct. After 5 - 6 futile attempts, they gave up and headed again towards the bridge. again at the bridge, alarms have been shrieking and the captain knew they have been operating out of time. The subsea engineer had hit the emergency disconnect for the good, and even supposing the regulate panel confirmed the rig will be unfastened, it wasn't. The hydraulics have been useless. hearth persisted to shoot from the head of the derrick. The rig had no energy, and with out strength, it had no pumps for the firefighting gear, no strategy to close off the movement of gasoline from the good, and no technique to disconnect the rig from the flaming umbilical that had it tethered to the wellhead. " —from Drowning in Oil
By David B. Brooks, Oliver M. Brandes, Stephen Gurman
Based at the 'soft course' method of the power region, a transition is now less than option to a delicate course for water. This strategy begins via making sure that atmosphere wishes for water are happy after which undertakes a thorough method of decreasing human makes use of of water via monetary and social incentives, together with open decision-making, water markets and equitable pricing, and the applying of super-efficient expertise, all utilized in ways in which stay away from jeopardizing caliber of existence. The smooth course for water is accordingly a administration technique that frees up water through curtailing water waste.
Making the main of the Water We Have is the 1st to offer and practice the water tender course technique. It has 3 goals:
- to convey to a much wider viewers the idea that and the potential for water delicate paths
- to show that smooth direction research is analytical and useful, and never simply 'eco-dreaming'
- to point out that tender paths usually are not in simple terms conceptually appealing yet that they are often made economically and politically possible.
Includes a device package for planners and different practitioners.
Published with POLIS venture and associates of the Earth
By Jens Holm-Nielsen, Ehiaze Augustine Ehimen
Biomass provide Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining highlights the emergence of power iteration by using biomass and the methods it's turning into extra established. the availability chains that produce the feedstocks, harvest, shipping, shop, and get ready them for combustion or refinement into different kinds of gasoline are lengthy and intricate, frequently differing from feedstock to feedstock.
Biomass provide Chains for Bioenergy and Biorefining considers each point of those offer chains, together with their layout, administration, socioeconomic, and environmental affects. the 1st a part of the ebook introduces provide chains, biomass feedstocks, and their research, whereas the second one half seems on the harvesting, dealing with, garage, and transportation of biomass. The 3rd half stories the modeling of offer chains and their administration, with the ultimate part discussing, in minute element, the availability chains enthusiastic about the creation and utilization of person feedstocks, akin to wooden and sugar starches, oil plants, commercial biomass wastes, and municipal sewage stocks.
- Focuses at the advanced offer chains of many of the power feedstocks for biomass strength generation
- Studies a variety of biomass feedstocks, together with woody power vegetation, sugar and starch plants, lignocellulosic plants, oil plants, grass vegetation, algae, and biomass waste
- Reviews the modeling and optimization, criteria, qc and traceability, socioeconomic, and environmental affects of provide chains
By Klaus-Dieter Maubach
Im Jahr 2013 deckte Deutschland seinen Primärenergiebedarf nur zu ca. 12 Prozent aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen; im Jahr 2050 sollen es aber 60 Prozent sein. Die Darstellung, wie und ob dies gelingen kann, ist Ziel dieses Buches. Zum einen müssen bereits bekannte Technologien, die rapide kostengünstiger werden, und neue Geschäftsmodelle verfolgt werden. Zum anderen sind kommenden Lösungen gefragt, die z. B. Solartechnik mit Wärmepumpen, Batterien, Kleinstkraftwerke auf Brennstoffzellenbasis and so on vereinen. Wie diese durch speziellen Energietechnologien im Zuge des globalen traits des Internets der Dinge flankiert werden ist ein weiteres Thema. Ebenso wie die Fragestellung wie neue Wettbewerber die Stromwirtschaft beleben und die etablierten Unternehmen herausfordern.
By Steven Ferrey
International warming as a result of fossil gasoline intake is well-known because the significant environmental problem of the twenty first Century. effectively reversing this international hindrance calls for that the quickest growing to be economies of the area – essentially in Asia – considerably and effectively install renewable strength assets