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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 a 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.


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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 a 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Vance

    This book discusses, in detail, the history among the energy sector, political uncertainty, and oil-producing nations. In particular, there is a considerable amount of focus on the Nixon and Carter Administrations; this is for good reason since there were a number of environmental proposals put forth during both of these presidencies. There is much that was learned not to do from these programs (i.e. price controls), but there is more we should have learned (i.e. subsidizing companies is wastefu This book discusses, in detail, the history among the energy sector, political uncertainty, and oil-producing nations. In particular, there is a considerable amount of focus on the Nixon and Carter Administrations; this is for good reason since there were a number of environmental proposals put forth during both of these presidencies. There is much that was learned not to do from these programs (i.e. price controls), but there is more we should have learned (i.e. subsidizing companies is wasteful). There are many challenges when trying to promote enough energy to fuel economic growth and prosperity and preserve the environment. The most efficient apparatus to achieve this goal is through a spontaneous order of activity that provides market prices. If you want an easy book to read (a bit long-winded at times) that describes the history of the political and economic environment regarding the energy sector, then this book is for you.

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