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The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence

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andlt;Pandgt;Americans take for granted that when we flip a switch the light will go on, when we turn up the thermostat the room will get warm, and when we pull up to the pump gas will be plentiful and relatively cheap. In andlt;Iandgt;The End of Energyandlt;/Iandgt;, Michael Graetz shows us that we have been living an energy delusion for forty years. Until the 1970s, we produced domestically all the oil we needed to run our power plants, heat our homes, and fuel our cars. Since then, we have had to import most of the oil we use, much of it from the Middle East. And we rely on an even dirtier fuel — coal — to produce half of our electricity. andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;Graetz describes more than forty years of energy policy incompetence and argues that we must make better decisions for our energy future. Despite thousands of pages of energy legislation since the 1970s (passed by a Congress that tended to elevate narrow parochial interests over our national goals), Americans have never been asked to pay a price that reflects the real cost of the energy they consume. Until Americans face the facts about price, our energy incompetence will continue — and along with it the unraveling of our environment, security, and independence.andlt;/Pandgt;

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Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities.

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andlt;Pandgt;Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities. andlt;/Pandgt;

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Americans take for granted that when we flip a switch the light will go on, when we turn up the thermostat the room will get warm, and when we pull up to the pump gas will be plentiful and relatively cheap. In The End of Energy, Michael Graetz shows us that we have been living an energy delusion for forty years. Until the 1970s, we produced domestically all the oil we needed to run our power plants, heat our homes, and fuel our cars. Since then, we have had to import most of the oil we use, much of it from the Middle East. And we rely on an even dirtier fuel — coal — to produce half of our electricity.

Graetz describes more than forty years of energy policy incompetence and argues that we must make better decisions for our energy future. Despite thousands of pages of energy legislation since the 1970s (passed by a Congress that tended to elevate narrow parochial interests over our national goals), Americans have never been asked to pay a price that reflects the real cost of the energy they consume. Until Americans face the facts about price, our energy incompetence will continue — and along with it the unraveling of our environment, security, and independence.

About the Author

Michael J. Graetz is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law at Columbia University and Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Yale Law School. His other books include Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262518673
Subtitle:
The Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence
Author:
Graetz, Michael J.
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Energy-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The End of Energy
Publication Date:
20130208
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 figures
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
Science and Mathematics » Energy » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities. andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , Americans take for granted that when we flip a switch the light will go on, when we turn up the thermostat the room will get warm, and when we pull up to the pump gas will be plentiful and relatively cheap. In The End of Energy, Michael Graetz shows us that we have been living an energy delusion for forty years. Until the 1970s, we produced domestically all the oil we needed to run our power plants, heat our homes, and fuel our cars. Since then, we have had to import most of the oil we use, much of it from the Middle East. And we rely on an even dirtier fuel — coal — to produce half of our electricity.

Graetz describes more than forty years of energy policy incompetence and argues that we must make better decisions for our energy future. Despite thousands of pages of energy legislation since the 1970s (passed by a Congress that tended to elevate narrow parochial interests over our national goals), Americans have never been asked to pay a price that reflects the real cost of the energy they consume. Until Americans face the facts about price, our energy incompetence will continue — and along with it the unraveling of our environment, security, and independence.

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