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.

Renewable Energy and Electric Power

Renewable energy and electric power

“We’re still thinking about the future of renewable energy like it’s 1990 or like it’s the year 2000. Our thinking is just behind the reality of where renewables are today and where they are going based on existing market technology, cost, and finance trends.” 1

Eric Martinot
Senior Research Director
Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies

“It seems like for a few months we’ll hear about solar and wind, and for a few months about [vehicle] electrification, and for a few months about another sector. I think what we have is an a la carte energy policy. … It doesn’t have the focus, or shall I say, the gravitas it needs consistently.” 2

James Jones, former National Security
Advisor, 2009–2011

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