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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 070 Oil, Politics, and the Environment

Oil plays a significant part in global economy, politics, and the environment. The control of the oil market has caused wars and conflicts over the past and present centuries. While it is hard to imagine life without petrochemicals, their increasing production has had adverse impacts on the environment. After brief review of the petrochemical industry, the paradoxical role oil has played in shaping the economic and social structure of both exporting and importing countries will be explored.