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The Oil Rush | Mervyn Jones & Fay Godwin


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In 1950, oil accounted for only 10% of Britain’s energy consumption. By 1970, the share had increased to 44%, with coal at 47% and the rest related to natural gas, hydropower and nuclear power. The Oil Rush is a reportage book with views from oil rigs and cities in Scotland during the oil boom in the North Sea in the 1970s. At that time, in addition to recessions, Britain consumed about 115 million tons of oil per year, of which 95 million tons came from the Middle East (including Libya). There were many indications that production in the North Sea in 1980 would match British oil consumption, equivalent to 150 million tons in the following decade. Read the full Brief here.

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