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Energy Resource Conflict
Origins and Global Impact
by Adrah N. Parafiniuk and Zachary A. Smith
March 2024, 400pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7180-1
$107, £83, 94€, A147
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Solar is by far the most affordable form of electrical energy in most places, but entrenched fossil fuel interests work through political channels to slow the transition to this renewable energy source.

Delve into the history of energy resource conflicts, their present status, and the potential effects of today's energy production decisions on the future of humanity.

Energy resource conflicts have shaped the world we live in. After humans settled across the planet, growing empires began to compete for resources. First, they competed for wood, then steel and coal. The ability to mine these resources and turn them into trains, ships, and weapons decided which countries would dominate the world. Oil became the most important international resource by the turn of the 20th century and has remained so until the present day. This book provides a comprehensive history of international conflicts over energy resources, including ancient empires, 20th-century wars over oil, and the explosive growth of renewable energy

This volume demonstrates that humans have the technology to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy for the vast majority of their energy needs, despite corporate fossil fuel interests. Using advanced statistics on the use and growth of all major energy sources, this book is an excellent source of information on the predicted growth of various forms of energy as well as the inevitable transition toward renewable and carbon-free energy sources.


  • Delves into past human conflicts over energy and looks to a future when energy will be accessible to all countries regardless of access to fossil fuels
  • Suggests a path forward to end the endless energy conflicts that have plagued humanity
  • Details chronologically how most human conflicts were a battle over energy resources
  • Explains how the exponential growth of renewables is quickly transforming the energy landscape
  • Includes statistics on the use and growth of all major energy sources
Adrah N. Parafiniuk teaches at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of 108 Steps to Fix the Planet: A Guide to a Healthier, Happier, and More Joyous Life. He has published work on energy and green gilding as well as on motivations for sustainable behaviors and pro-environmental behaviors.

Zachary A. Smith is Regents' Professor at Northern Arizona University. He earned his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1984. Smith is widely published and has produced such works as The Environmental Policy Paradox, Globalization (with Justin Ervin) and Protecting Our Environment Lessons from the European Union (with Janet R. Hunter).
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