There are rapid, and sometimes radical, changes now transforming energy production and consumption in the United States. Utilizing contemporary examples throughout his narrative, Rosenbaum captures this transformation while analyzing how important actors, institutions, and issues impact American energy policymaking. With clear explanations of relevant energy technologies-from controversial fracking to mountain top mining to nuclear waste storage-the book first looks at the policy options available in governing the energy economy and then discusses specific resources (petroleum and natural gas, coal, nuclear power, electricity, renewable energy, conservation) and the global energy challenges associated with climate change. This is a perfect supplement for any environmental politics course.
Chapter 1: The Politics of Policy
The Politics of Policy
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” [Rahm] Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff, said at a Wall Street Journal conference last month. “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before. … What used to be long-term problems, be they in the health care area, energy area, education area—things … that were long-term are now immediate and must be dealt with.”
Shortly before 10:00 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the massive drilling platform straddling the deepest drilling well in the world, a symbol of America’s quest for energy security, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico ...