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summary Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth , series Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth , book Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth , pdf Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth , Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth f8ff6e4732 Big Oil And Gas Versus Democracy Winner Take All Rachel Maddow S Blowout Offers A Dark, Serpentine, Riveting Tour Of The Unimaginably Lucrative And Corrupt Oil And Gas Industry With Her Trademark Black Humor, Maddow Takes Us On A Switchback Journey Around The Globe From Oklahoma City To Siberia To Equatorial Guinea Exposing The Greed And Incompetence Of Big Oil And Gas She Shows How Russia S Rich Reserves Of Crude Have, Paradoxically, Stunted Its Growth, Forcing Putin To Maintain His Power By Spreading Russia S Rot Into Its Rivals, Its Neighbors, The United States, And The West S Most Important Alliances Chevron, BP, And A Host Of Other Industry Players Get Their Star Turn, But ExxonMobil And The Deceptively Well Behaved Rex Tillerson Emerge As Two Of The Past Century S Most Consequential Corporate Villains The Oil And Gas Industry Has Weakened Democracies In Developed And Developing Countries, Fouled Oceans And Rivers, And Propped Up Authoritarian Thieves And Killers But Being Outraged At It Is, According To Maddow, Like Being Indignant When A Lion Takes Down And Eats A Gazelle You Can T Really Blame The Lion It S In Her Nature This Book Is A Clarion Call To Contain The Lion To Stop Subsidizing The Wealthiest Industry On Earth, To Fight For Transparency, And To Check The Influence Of Predatory Oil Executives And Their Enablers The Stakes Have Never Been Higher As Maddow Writes, Democracy Either Wins This One Or Disappears


10 thoughts on “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

  1. says:

    Before reading this book, the only time I gave oil and gas much thought was when 1 I needed to fill up my tank and wondered how much I could save on gas with my Smith s card and 2 when there was an oil spill.Blowout was a horrifying, intense, and enlightening book that kept me up at night reading My mom asked me to tell her all the interesting parts and I ended up telling her everything Every part of this book is interesting and will make you think about the gas and oil industry After reading , I was curious where the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates stand on this issue and was surprised how many are waiting to see which way the gas and oil winds blow Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers granting me early access to such an important book written by one of my favorite reporters.


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    The dedicationBlowout book tour dates and locations announced Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that book tour dates in connection with her forthcoming book, Blowout, have officially been announced, with tickets available through links at MSNBC.com BlowoutTour.Coming October 2019 BlowoutDescription Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy Winner Take All Rachel Maddow s Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil and gas industry With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas She shows how Russia s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West s most important alliances Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century s most consequential corporate villains The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle You can t really blame the lion It s in her nature This book is a clarion call to contain the lion to stop subsidizing the wealthiest industry on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of predatory oil executives and their enablers The stakes have never been higher As Maddow writes, Democracy either wins this one or disappears


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    I thought I should read Blowout by Rachel Maddow Should being the giveaway word to my motivation Instead of a dose of medicine that s good for me but hard to swallow, it was a terrifying funhouse ride that totally engaged my attention Maddow weaves together a narrative of how we got to here that illumines the present.Maddow lays out the oil industry s history from Standard Oil to fracking to Putin s dream of Russia becoming the world s fuel provider to trolls on Facebook disseminating discord.The oil industry has always been too big and wealthy and powerful to control, starting with John D Rockefeller s Standard Oil which drove out or took over the competition The values have not changed anything goes in the pursuit of increased production and mindboggling wealth And power Don t forget the obscene power.The oil industry has always looked for better ways to get to the oil, using nuclear bombs and ocean drilling and fracking Sure, messes happen The best clean up tool they have developed is a big stick of paper towels.Fracking was going to save the day Years worth of clean gas So what if Oklahoma suffered 900 earthquakes in 2017 I didn t know how Putin had gambled everything on the fossil fuel industry bringing Russia money and power across the globe But they needed the technology to make it happen And Rex Tillerson and Exxon Mobile were planning to help him Those pesky sanctions got in their way.Business and capitalism is amoral politics and justice and fairness are irrelevant The prime directive is making money You lobby for the best tax deals, pay workers the lowest wages possible, make deals with the Devil if you are killing people, or the entire planet, cover it up and carry on making the big bucks The damage fossil fuels are doing to the planet is happening NOW, has been happening for a long time before we wised up to it It isn t just when we take a jet or when we eat a half pound burger or drive the kids to school Getting that gas out of the ground it escapes Lots of it From the get go, fossil fuels damage our world.Maddow writes, Coal is done, and so is gas and oil but they don t know it yet.Oh, the last desperate gasps of the old world struggling to hold on.I was given a free ebook by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


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    Blowout Corrupted Democracy, Rouge State Russia, and The Richest, Most Destructuve Industry on Earthby Rachel Maddowdue 10 1 2019Crown5.0 5.0 netgalley BlowoutWhat the Frack is going on with the oil and gas industry How did we, as a Democratic country, get to this point Regardless of age, sex, race, religion, political beliefs, etc., how did we become dependent on a global industry built on corruption, greed and incompetence Rachel Maddow brings it all together and makes this complicated issue, easy to understand She explains the power, complexities, and political gamesmanship behind fracking How Yeltsin literally gave the Russisn Presidency to Putin, and how and why Putin used the oil industry to maintain his power, by sending the crude oil to its biggest oil rival, the USA.From Oklahoma City to Russia to Siberia and Equatorial Guinea, we see how oil and the crude pollutants from fracking, made by unsafe drilling an industry that has taken far from the earth than it ever gave ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson are examples of the mindless incompetence that make full transparency necessary We hold the responsibility of separating the corporate from the villains.Aubrey s Chesapeake Energy Oklahomas earthquake outbreak of 2010 due to fracking the Alaskan drilling fiasco the Winter Olympics at Sochi in 2014 and Pussy Riot Guccifer It s all here, and so essential to understanding exactly what is happening, and why.One of the things I admire and live about Rachel Maddow is how she will lay a foundation by sharing the history and importance of issues, policies and subjects By explaining both sides, we can decide for ourselves where we stand without being preached at and told what to believe Her wit, candor, humility and her original spin, for me, make her a woman who uses her intelligence to make people aware, for the greater good This book is an example of just that I learned so much about the oil industry, the consequences of non transparency and the willingness to deceive to win Mostly I learned we need to re think the need vs the greed of oil.Thank you for this exceptional, necessary and timely book, Rachel.Thank you to netgalley for sharing this requested e book ARC for review.


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    checked mid announcement and this wasn t here checked two seconds into O Donnell and here we are good job friends


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    As with anything these days this novel is all about corporate and individual greed The greed that warrants full power and full wealth under the disguise of saving others or helping the environment move towards the future goals.From Oklahoma to NW Pennsylvania and beyond Rachel tackles the truth in a powerful and dynamic fashion that will leave no stone literally and figuratively not turned Play on emotions the bigger the lie, the better lies should be reported many times These lies are what began the process especially with regard to hydraulic fracking in which it turned out many wondered if this fracking resulted in earthquakes such as in Oklahoma.Two main players you ll find discussed often throughout this game play is Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobile and Austin Holland of Oklahoma Geological Survey.Accordingly hydraulic fracturing breaking oil and gas out of shale rock could cause earthquake in 1 out of every 10 fracked wells For every 1 thousand wells in state and federal waters, there s an average of 20 uncontrolled releases or blowouts every year Energy sources and renewable energy is what this discussion should be upon not becoming richer but sadly that s where the conversation has gone.Heaven forbid the government also become involved and offer breaks or incentives for such advancements.The oil and gas industry needs regulation, oversight, and transparency not self regulation.We need to follow American interests and go through the proper channels designed to prevent such atrocities through the Committee on Foreign Investment.Coal is dead Oil and Gas is dead Sadly the latter just doesn t look sick yet.We cannot afford to continue the course by causing destruction to Geological balance, governance, environmental injury and climate apocalypse.Containment obviously is needed A fascinating read especially for me as I come from the Northeastern section of Pa near where the fracking debate continues with many friends having passed away because of it.I hope we learn there is no immediate payment that could be fulfilled when we are literally killing humanity and our environment.While the rich have may gotten richer it s at what costs that I need to remind you Please read, educate, and stop the hate.


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    If you re a regular viewer of her show or, like me, a regular listener to her podcast you re aware that Rachel s stories come with EXHAUSTIVE background, preambles, and prefatory material But, if you re a regular viewer of her show, you know the windup is worth it This book takes a little while to get off the ground, but eventually it soars.


  8. says:

    Blowout is a fabulous and engrossing book Rachel Maddow has written a fantastic book A must read for the year.


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    I ve had this book on my TBR since the day it was announced and none of my excitement diminished when I was rejected for the ARC It only meant I had to wait for the release day and I m glad I did, because now I got the opportunity to both read the book and listen to the audiobook narrated by Rachel herself, which was an absolutely riveting experience.If you have read any of my reviews before, particularly the non fiction ones, you know I m fairly liberal, so it should not come as a surprise that I m also a fan of Rachel Maddow s show And I may have to preface this review by saying that you ll really enjoy the experience of reading or listening to this book if you like Rachel s style of narration on her show She is witty and snarky, but also has this meandering way of storytelling in her show everyday, where you are initially wondering where she s going with it but ultimately she ll draw a very full picture for you to understand And that s exactly how this book is written It s signature Rachel and I feel that you may not fully appreciate it if you are unfamiliar with her reporting However meandering the writing may feel, she manages to give excellent historical context to the events that are being explained and the major players who are responsible for them, and even if the timeline is not always linear, I wasn t really ever confused The book is also full of information and I really mean lots of information and it can feel overwhelming for atleast the first quarter of the book, but once you get the hang of it, you become familiar with what it s all about and then it unfolds like a very interesting and thrilling story spanning decades Beginning with the Oil boom in the US in the late 19th century and ending with some conclusions of the Mueller report, this really is the saga of the Oil and Gas industry across the globe and years and how it has changed everything.It s an undeniable reality that our current way of life depends a lot on the Oil and Gas industry The use of fossil fuels have changed the way we live, but it has also meant the industry has become a major power player across the world in a way that threatens geopolitical stability but also the daily lives of people living across the US The events, statements, and consequences that Rachel explains in the book show us an industry that is consumed by its greed for increasing its oil gas production, it s lust for money and power at absolutely any cost as long as their bottom line is served, the rest of the world can go to hell It is equal parts horrifying and amusing, unbelievable but also kinda obvious, and particularly scary at times because I couldn t as a reader figure out if there was a way out of all the mess.And when we are talking about Oil and Gas, it s impossible to avoid the major power players the industry giants like ExxonMobil, the oil rich and utterly dependent on it countries like Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea or even similar states in the US like Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota etc The way the companies permeate every part of the power structure of a country or state and then do their business with impunity, while simultaneously not caring at all about the common people s lives they ve put at stake is terrifying to read about Rachel particularly concentrates on the story of Oklahoma, it s history and it s dependence on the industry, how the governance of the whole state became essentially a puppet of the fracking industry masters and nothing could be legislated without their approval It s also a story of the power of democracy and people and public servants, and their resilience in the face of the brute force attack of money and power from all sides And on a larger scale is the story of Russia how it s abundance of oil and gas could have propelled it to a global scale on better terms, if not for the infamous Resource curse meeting an authoritarian leader with paranoid tendencies The story of Putin, ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson , the Oil companies and their owners in Russia and the few people who were brave enough to oppose the leader plays out like a gangster thriller, and while I was initially unsure what was the point of it all, by the end I realized that as long as the industry players work hand in hand with dictators and let them interfere in global democracies with impunity, the world is only gonna end up in chaos There are quite a few important figures whom we get to know about in the book along with their beliefs and methods and motivations, and it was fascinating to see how the common thread across all of them was greed and some kind of narcissism Whether it is Rex Tillerson Putin and his right hand, the head of Russia s biggest oil company Igor Sechin the eternal President and his son of Equatorial Guinea Oklahoma s own business tycoons like Harold Hamm and Aubrey McClendon one thing they all have is loads of money and power acquired through Oil and Gas, and one thing they all want is the freedom to exploit the nature with impunity and earn boatloads of money But we also get to know some unlikely heroes in the story someone like Austin Holland, a seismologist working for the Oklahoma Geological Survey who is probably one of the key persons responsible for bringing the damage done by fracking to light journalists like Ken Silverstein and Peter Maass who brought forth the atrocities of the leader of Equatorial Guinea and his son s profligate tendencies and also someone like Boris Nemtsov, who had the gall to make public the extent of Putin s corruption and had to pay with his life There are many , and the Sources section of the book is full of information about them and their work.I probably have a lot to say but I I ll conclude my review by saying that it s an important book which talks about one of the most influential industries of our times, and I highly recommend it Rachel is neutral for the most part, giving us all the information so that we can form our own opinions, but her sarcasm does come out at times which I enjoyed I also think the best way to enjoy this book is reading while simultaneously listening to the audio, because her narration brings a lot of life to what can feel like a very long story I had fun listening to it, I also felt shocked and terrified and hopeless But Rachel ends with a slightly hopeful note, remarking that it s always possible to course correct but we which includes people and government need to have the courage and conviction to standup for democratic principles and the importance of transparency.


  10. says:

    The history of the oil and gas industry and how it has permeated politics, trade relations and is chronicled in BLOWOUT, by Rachel Maddow Maddow starts with Rockefeller and the beginning of the oil industry and continues through the beginning of the Trump administration Maddow covers the environmental impacts of the industry, the greed and narcissistic dominance that breeds from oil and gas, and the political highs and lows that have crossed paths with desire to be master of oil and gas Maddow does an excellent job of providing historical texture to each facet of the oil and gas industry From the history of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma, to the creation and evolution of the magnates in the industry, to the foreign, specifically Russian, approach to oil and gas collection and all of the right and wrong ways they went about it Maddow s black humor and harsh criticism of industry and political leaders is clear she uses those tools to point out the absurdity that all of the greed and naricissism that the industry creates One of the best aspects of the book is the description of fracking how it works, the benefits of it and if done improperly, the multitude of problems it creates Well written and compelling to read, BLOWOUT fosters a greater understanding of the entire industry and while there are moments that Maddow is clearly making her opinions known, the core of the book is refreshingly unbiased and factual Thank you to Crown Publishing, Rachel Maddow, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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