Oil for Living

Brian Black

Primary Sources

Day 1: Consuming Crude

Exercise 1: Babbit

  1. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Exercise 2: World’s Fair 1939

  1. The 1939 Worlds Fair: Building The World of Tomorrow

Exercise 3: Public Law 106-45

  1. Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
  2. Route 66 Memories

Exercise 4: FILM: Destination Earth, 1956

  1. FILM: Destination Earth, 1956

Exercise 5: O Winston Link’s photograph, Hot Shot Eastbound

  1. NW 1103-Hot Shot East Bound, Laeger, West Virginia

Day 2: Implications of Petroleum Dependence

Exercise 1: NSC-68

  1. NSC 68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security

Exercise 2: Carter’s Speech

  1. President Carter's Energy Crisis “Malaise” Speech

Exercise 3: We love Twinkies!

  1. 37 ingredients Twinkie eaters ingest

Exercise 4: Chemicals and Environmental Justice

  1. Photo Essay: Gateway to Cancer Alley
  2. Executive Order 12898, 2/11/94

Exercise 5: Energy Consumption Data, U.S. Energy Information

  1. 5.1b: Petroleum Overview, 1949–2011
  2. 5.13a Petroleum Consumption Estimates: Residential and Commercial Sectors, 1949–2011

Exercise 6: Oil Spill Commission Report, 2010

  1. National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Final Report (Released 01/11/2011)

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