Making of The Color of Oil: a contemporary pattern for unleashing the potential of science and technology journalism

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Title: Making of The Color of Oil: a contemporary pattern for unleashing the potential of science and technology journalism
Author: Oligney, Ronald Eugene
Abstract: Ideologies , intellectually and religiously driven , color both politics and economics . The relationship between government and the governed , human rights and the rule of law all are affected by such ideologies . However , unless humans are willing to change dramatically lifestyles honed in hundreds of years of historic developments , energy and energy abundance are arguably the most critical needs of modern society . In many ways energy has transcended ideology although there are still unrepentant ideologues advocating otherwise . It was this realization , augmented by a few events , that brought about the writing of The Color of Oil . The authors felt a need to combat popular errors being promulgated by the media in an area of such great importance to the entire human enterprise : Energy . A nonsensical 1999 cover story by the usually reliable Economist magazine provided the last straw . Someone had to set the record straight . But the dour -to -hostile climate that surrounded oil and energy at the turn of the century presented certain challenges to getting the work published . As it turned out , the unique qualifications of a science and technology journalist , the author of this thesis , played a key role in making the publication a reality , and then a phenomenon of sorts . In some ways , The Color of Oil suggests a meaningful new role for science and technology journalism and journalists in a media environment driven by movie stars and media profits . The book was produced on a short timeline and with limited resources . The book's message has played a role in key political decisions in the United States and around the world ; as a direct result of the book , the authors were invited and participated extensively in development of energy policy in Texas and at the national level . It has effected billions of dollars of commercial enterprise , providing as it did the blueprint for development of Cheniere Energy , Inc . , a $2 billion Houston company that today is one of North America's premier LNG receiving companies . And testimonies from readers of The Color of Oil suggest that the book has produced meaningful personal wealth for many of its 30 ,000 -plus readers .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3209
Date: 2006-04-12

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Making of The Color of Oil: a contemporary pattern for unleashing the potential of science and technology journalism. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3209 .

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