Is Offshore Oil Drilling Worth the Risks?

From the Series In Controversy
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In 2010, the accident aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig killed 11 workers and dumped more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Through objective discussion, numerous direct quotes, and full-color illustrations this title examines What Are the Origins of the Offshore Oil Controversy? Is AmericaÕs Energy Security Dependent on Offshore Oil? Can the Environment Recover From Offshore Drilling Accidents? Do the Economic Benefits of Offshore Drilling Outweigh Its Dangers? Can Offshore Drilling Be Made Safer?

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2011
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series In Controversy
Language English
Number of Pages 96
ISBN 9781601521439, 9781601523549B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2011-08-01
Author Hal Marcovitz
Dewey 363.738
 

School Library Journal

Gr 7 and up – These titles open with a current event – the disappearance of an Alaskan Inupiat village due to melting ice and the Deepwater Horizon disaster – that grabs readers’ attention and serves to introduce the volume’s subject. Each of the five chapters poses a question. The books have similar organization with the first chapter tracing the origins and controversy of the issue. Other chapters outline specific topics such as, “How Reliable Is the Science of Climate Change?” and “Is America’s Energy Security Dependent on Offshore Oil?” Common chapter subjects are economic benefits or impacts as well as environmental costs and political implications. Both sides of the issue and contrasting opinions are presented. Each chapter includes a few full-color photos, numerous sidebars that offer quotes from scientists and politicians, and a list of key facts. A former newspaper reporter and columnists, the author presents substantial amounts of information in a readable, student-friendly manner. Useful for reports.

Booklist

The In Controversy series presents varied points of view on well-defined, timely topics. Typically, the introduction of each book personalizes the dilemma, the opening chapter looks at the origins and history of the controversy, and the remainder of the book explores the questions raised within the topic. In Climate Change, Marcovitz considers the reliability of scientific research on the subject, the potential economic and environmental impacts of global warming, and the responses of world governments. Offshore Oil Drilling discusses America’s dependence on offshore oil for energy security, environmental damage (looking particularly at the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill), economic benefits, and how drilling might be made safer. Drinking Age looks at whether teens are mature enough to drink responsibly, whether changing the drinking age affects binge drinking, and whether European cultures offer useful models for responsible teen drinking. Clearly written and presenting plenty of relevant information, the books offer opposing points of view in a fairly evenhanded way. Clean page design makes the text look more accessible through wide margins as well as the use of color in design elements and photos. Each volume concludes with an annotated list of relevant organizations, a bibliography, and source notes for the quotes in each chapter. Good resources for research projects. —Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal

The In Controversy series presents varied points of view on well-defined, timely topics. Typically, the introduction of each book personalizes the dilemma, the opening chapter looks at the origins and history of the controversy, and the remainder of the book explores the questions raised within the topic. In Climate Change, Marcovitz considers the reliability of scientific research on the subject, the potential economic and environmental impacts of global warming, and the responses of world governments. Offshore Oil Drilling discusses America’s dependence on offshore oil for energy security, environmental damage (looking particularly at the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill), economic benefits, and how drilling might be made safer. Drinking Age looks at whether teens are mature enough to drink responsibly, whether changing the drinking age affects binge drinking, and whether European cultures offer useful models for responsible teen drinking. Clearly written and presenting plenty of relevant information, the books offer opposing points of view in a fairly evenhanded way. Clean page design makes the text look more accessible through wide margins as well as the use of color in design elements and photos. Each volume concludes with an annotated list of relevant organizations, a bibliography, and source notes for the quotes in each chapter. Good resources for research projects.

Author: Hal Marcovitz

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