The End of Energy

The End of Energy

The Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence

Book - 2011
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Forty years of energy incompetence: villains, failures of leadership, and missed opportunities.

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.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780262015677
0262015676
Branch Call Number: 333.79097/GRAETZ
Characteristics: x, 369 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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StarGladiator
Jul 23, 2015

The author: Michael J. Graetz is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law at Columbia University. Yet somehow he believes this all to be energy policy incompetence? What in bloody creation does he take the citizenry to be? Complete idiots, each and everyone of us? Nothing incompetent about the way the banks and the oil companies operate: pure deceit, pure corruption. Misdirection and misinformation. The battle is now between cap-and-trade [a bank/oil company creation] and other means, and now the so-called democrats are supporting cap-and-trade, which originated from the Reagan Administration, for God's sakes! Another successful redirection operation by the banksters! Absurdly framed by an absurd author.

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russtm
May 28, 2012

Unfettered of bias, this is a sobering and necessary read of the impending energy crisis.

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