Articles by Peter Maass

category: Oil

A Jungle Eco-Battle

Outside  |  August 25, 2014
There are two sides to the story of the biggest environmental lawsuit ever, but a new book tells only one of them.


Crude World  |  03/01/2013
The Venezuela of Hugo Chavez

What Happened at the Macondo Well?

The New York Review of Books  |  September 29, 2011

Exxon’s Russian Roulette

The New York Review of Books  |  September 9, 2011

Five Best Books on Oil

The Wall Street Journal  |  August 21, 2010

The Ministry of Oil Defense

Foreign Policy  |  August 5, 2010
It’s not polite to say so, but if Americans understood just how many trillions their military was really spending on protecting oil, they wouldn’t stand for it.

To BP Or Not To BP?

The Big Money  |  June 7, 2010
Here’s why a spill-inspired boycott doesn’t make sense.

Inside the Soul of an Oilman

The Big Money  |  September 22, 2009
Are petro-execs intrinsically more corrupt than other businessmen?

Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil

Foreign Policy  |  September 8, 2009
It succors and drowns human life. And for the last eight years, oil — and the people and places that make it — was my obsession.

Who’s Africa’s Worst Leader?

Slate  |  June 24, 2008
Hint: It’s probably not Robert Mugabe

Fuel Fixers

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 22, 2007
How the scarcity of oil may be making our antibribery laws obsolete.


Outside  |  March 2007
Alan Dershowitz, meet Steven Donziger. On behalf of 30,000 inhabitants of Ecuador’s remote Oriente region, this New York lawyer is putting it to Big Oil. But will his multi-billion-dollar lawsuit establish a global precedent—or is he just looking for a scapegoat for one of the nastiest messes on earth?

The Price of Oil

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 18, 2005

The Breaking Point

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 21, 2005
Saudi Arabia, soaring demand and the theory of peak oil.

Road to Hell

The New Republic  |  January 31, 2005
Dispatch from the Niger Delta

A Touch of Crude

Mother Jones  |  January 2005
How the pursuit of oil is propping up the West African dictatorship of Teodoro Obiang.

The Triumph of the Quiet Tycoon

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 2, 2004
This is a bad time to be a big-spending Russian oil billionaire. But Vagit Alekperov has figured out how to beat the system — you just play by Putin’s rules.

Meet the New Boss

The New York Times Magazine  |  June 8, 2003
Dathar Khashab had what it took to maneuver his way up through the ranks in Saddam Hussein’s oil bureaucracy. When his new managers showed up wearing U.S.-issue fatigues, he didn’t miss a step.

Sin City

The New Republic  |  April 30, 2001
How the French became Puritans.


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