Books Review

History of Oil Well Drilling
By J. E. Brantly

History of Oil Well Drilling plainly exemplifies and summarizes the oil industry’s most important events.   The book also records the beginning and development of the oil industry from early water and sea water well drilling to the immense oil industry of today. One of the interesting aspects of the book is that it features more than 1,700 illustrations that portray the evolution of equipment and methods used in drilling for oil.

J.E. Brantly has almost 50 years of experience in the oil industry. He spent more than 15 supplementary years conducting research for this work. Brantly uses his experience to present his readers with a comprehensive telling of the oil well drilling industry. He started his career as a geologist and used his passion to initiate the Drilling and Exploration Company, Inc. Brantly holds 23 patents on oil well drilling mechanisms and is a distinguished lecturer. He has also authored the Rotary Drilling Handbook.

Petroleum Refining: Technology and Economics: Fifth Edition
By: James H. Gary, Glenn E. Handwerk

Petroleum Refining Technology and Economics: Fifth Edition provides a detailed overview of today’s integrated fuels refinery and discusses each foremost refining process, including operating costs, catalysts, feedstock preparation, yields and economics.

Dr. James H. Gary is a Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Formerly, he was Head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum-Refining Engineering, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Gary received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida and his M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has over thirty publications in technical journals and works in cooperation with Glenn E. Handwerk in this publication.


Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times
By: Albert Bates

In Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times, Albert Bates presents and provides some realistic advice for preparing our community to make the necessary switch from a mindset addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a newly-founded tradition driven by conservation.
This book is written in a humorous yet solemn way, astonishingly engaging, a mixture of recipes, practical tips and advice, which navigates a straight line between the survivalist path and the more cooperative approach. Some of the topics covered in this work include: rebuilding civilization, changing your needs, water and waste disposal, energy and transportation, equipment and tools, food storage and first aid.
Albert Bates is a prominent figure in the eco-village movements and the international community. He has played a major role in the eco-village movement as one of the organizers of the Global Eco-village Network (GEN).  From 2002 to 2003 he was elected   as GEN’s Board Chairman and then President for one year. He was also the principal organizer of the Eco-village Network of the Americas and served as its president (from 1996 to 2003).  In 1994 he founded the Eco-village Training Center, a whole systems immersion experience of eco-village living.

Alcohol Can Be A Gas!
By: David Blume
Is it possible that in the upcoming years alcohol can be a gas? Through his work, Alcohol Can Be a Gas, David Blume enlightens his readers and proves that alcohol fuel is a clean, plentiful and renewable energy source.  This book covers every aspect of alcohol fuel from history through crops, vehicle translation and hands-on fuel production. The book also clearly points out and fully reveals all the astonishing secrets needed to enhance local living, money making, creating jobs, ensuring food security, helping slow global warming, and redirecting funds from oil wars.
As an alcohol fuel expert, ecologist, permaculturist, and farmer, Blume writes: “We can have a large cooperative cellulose distillery in each county, producing ethanol and biomass electricity to keep our essential services running. We can have small integrated farms that produce fuel, food, and building materials. We can eat well on locally produced food and locally processed products. We can even cogenerate electricity and hot water at our homes using our cars running on alcohol, if we are clever enough.”
If alcohol fuel is appropriately utilized, almost every country can become energy independent, global warming can be reversible and the economy can be invigorated. Alcohol fuel is easily used in vehicles and power diesel engines and can be produced from several sources, including waste products, grass clippings, and food processing waste.

David Blume is the Founder and Director of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA).  Blume started the American Homegrown Fuel Co. Inc. when the energy crisis of 1978-9 struck. It was an educational association teaching farmers and citizens how to produce and use low cost alcohol fuel at home or on the farm.


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