BOOK REVIEW: The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael T. Klare | Science News

ADVERTISEMENT

REAL SCIENCE. REAL NEWS.

Help us keep you informed.

Support Science News.


Reviews & Previews

BOOK REVIEW: The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael T. Klare

Review by Nathan Seppa

By
11:24am, April 20, 2012

Had T.S. Eliot been around to read this book, he might have said: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a shortage.

Klare offers some grim realities: “Because most of the world has already been scoured for readily accessible resource reserves, the only hope for finding more oil, natural gas, minerals and farmland will lie in exten­ding the search to previously inaccessible or inhospitable areas.”

Some might accuse Klare of underselling the ability of humans to manage these challenges. But the facts point to inescapable economic and environmental costs. The dangers of deepwater drilling, for example, were made clear by the 2010 BP oil spill. And Klare notes that an area the size of Nebraska has been leased for exploratory drilling off Greenland. Energy extraction on land isn’t much easier. Tapping oil from tar sands and natural gas from shale

This article is only available to Science News subscribers. Already a subscriber? Log in now. Or subscribe today for full access.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content