Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge

By David M. Standlea

Subjects: American Studies
Paperback : 9780791466322, 227 pages, January 2006
Hardcover : 9780791466315, 227 pages, January 2006

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Table of contents


Part One: Oil and the Corporate State

1. Globalism, Oil, and the Power Elites

2. Background to Battle: The Thirty Years’ War

3. The Oil Companies: Legacies of Global Power

4. The Corporate State

5. The Culture of Corporate Spin

Part Two: Sustainability and Justice

6. The Environmentalists: Visions Under Siege

7. The Gwich’in: A Fight to the End

8. The Religious Community: Philosophers of ANWR

9. Prophets vs. Profits: Future Scenarios and Outcomes


Examines the battle to develop the oil resources of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


The global consumption of fossil fuels is dramatically rising, while inversely, the supply is in permanent decline. The "end of oil" threatens the very future of Western civilization. Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge examines the politics of drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and presents this controversy as a precursor of future "resource wars" where ideas and values collide and polarize. The reader is introduced to the primary participants involved: global corporations, politicians, nongovernmental organizations, indigenous peoples and organizations, and human rights/religious organizations. Author David M. Standlea argues in favor of seeing this comparatively "local" conflict as part of a larger struggle between the proponents of an alternative, positive vision for the future and an American culture presently willing to sacrifice that future for immediate profit.

David M. Standlea is an independent scholar who received his Ph.D. in Political Science/Political Ecology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.