Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change

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CRC Press, Apr 19, 2016 - Business & Economics - 328 pages
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In an effort to provide greater awareness of the necessary policy decisions facing our elected and appointed officials, Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change presents an overview of important energy policies and the policy process in the United States, including their history, goals, methods of action, and consequences.

In the first half of the book, the authors frame the energy policy issue by reviewing U.S. energy policy history, identifying the policy-making players, and illuminating the costs, benefits, and economic and political realities of currently competing policy alternatives. The book examines the stakeholders and their attempts to influence energy policy and addresses the role of supply and demand on the national commitment to energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources.

The latter half of the book delves into specific energy policy strategies, including economic and regulatory options, and factors that influence energy policies, such as the importance of international cooperation. Renewed interest in various renewable and nontraditional energy resources—for example, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, biomass, and tide motion—is examined, and policy agendas are explored in view of scientific, economic, regulatory, production, and environmental constraints. This book provides excellent insight into the complex task of creating a comprehensive energy policy and its importance in the continued availability of energy to power our way of life and economy while protecting our environment and national security.

 

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Contents

The Political Realities of Energy Policy
3
Energy Policy in Transition
25
The Art and Science of Crafting Public Policy
45
The Long Search for a Sustainable Energy Policy
63
Difficulties in Achieving a Balanced Energy Policy
83
Whats on the Current Energy Policy Agenda?
107
Crafting Policy with Subsidies and Regulations
129
Policies Shaped by Taxes and Market Mechanisms
147
Policies for a New Energy Future
187
Aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill Prospects for Policy Changes
205
Chapter Discussion and Review Questions
215
Timeline of Energy Policy Developments 19502010
223
EnergyRelated Acronyms
237
Glossary
241
References
249
Back Cover
279

International Cooperation on Energy Policy
165

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About the author (2016)

David E. McNabb is emeritus professor of business administration at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and former visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia.

Laurance R. Geri teaches in the Masters Program in Public Administration (MPA) at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he was director of the MPA program from 2002 to 2006.