Matt Brown

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Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Spring 2004


Power to the People is full of challenges. That is not to say it is a difficult read. Rather, it challenges many assumptions of environmentalists as well as those of oil barons and coal tycoons. No one is safe from Vaitheeswaran’s scathing equal- opportunity critique. ExxonMobil boss, Lee Raymond, is singled out for leading his company in a backward looking way without giving due notice to the future of energy beyond oil. Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s poor leadership during the Kyoto climate summit negotiations are also subjected to the author’s scorn. The book does not seek to serve as a manifesto for Greens nor does it serve as propaganda for the hydrocarbon industry, rather it separates pure ideology out of the equation and simply tries to convey the author’s thoughts surrounding the production of energy and its future.