AuthorWlasiuk, Jonathan, author.
TitleRefining nature : Standard Oil and the limits of efficiency / Jonathan Wlasiuk.
PublishedPittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017]
Descriptionx, 182 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
SeriesHistory of the urban environment
History of the urban environment.
Bib. NoteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 159-174) and index.
Summary NoteSummary: "The Standard Oil Company emerged out of obscurity in the 1860s to capture 90 percent of the petroleum refining industry in the United States during the Gilded Age ... Economic success masked the dark side of efficiency as Standard Oil dumped oil waste into public waterways, filled the urban atmosphere with acrid smoke, and created a consumer safety crisis by selling kerosene below Congressional standards ... Organized around the four classical elements at the core of Standard Oil's success (earth, air, fire, and water), Refining Nature provides an ecological context for the rise of one of the most important corporations in American history."--Back cover.
ContentsIntroduction -- Improved earth -- Fire -- Water -- Air -- Efficient earth -- Conclusion : a river burns through it.
Petroleum refineries -- Environmental aspects.
Petroleum refineries -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Standard Oil Company (Indiana)
Standard Oil Company -- History.
United States.
Other TitlesStandard Oil and the limits of efficiency
LC Card Number2018-285702
Call Number/Copies 
 WRHS Research Library: HD 9569 S82 W53 2017
CA-1902846: LC class, open stacks [status: NON-CIRCULATING]
[Record 67362]