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.

Managing Energy: A Policy Primer

Managing energy: A policy primer

“It was like gnawing on a rock.”

Former president Jimmy Carter on his efforts to regulate the US energy economy 1

President John F. Kennedy liked to remind Americans that the essence of public policymaking is choice. Ultimately, he reflected, for the policymaker, the “responsibility is one of decision—for to govern is to choose.” Governing the energy economy involves a multitude of policy options—always an array of competing and contentious alternatives creating the fabric of national energy management. This policy abundance, however, is created by variations on a relatively limited agenda of basic policy strategies that constitute the foundation of American energy governance. These policy fundamentals will appear in different variations throughout the succeeding chapters.

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