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.

Carbon Policy: Coal

Carbon policy: Coal

“The men who work in surface mining are terrified they will lose their jobs. I am terrified that my granddaughter will not have clean drinking water when she is of child-bearing age if we don’t stop this.”1

Resident, Coal River Mountain, West Virginia

“Coal has been an energy that’s basically domestic, that’s affordable and reliable and dependable. Until we find the next clean fuel of the future that does everything that coal does 24/7, let’s not destroy what has brought us to where we are.”2

Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia

The year 2008 was a vintage year for financial failures. It was the year of the great housing market collapse, the Wall Street panic, the $7 billion bailout of federal ...

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