Book ID: CBB263169855

Unnatural resources: Energy and environmental politics in Appalachia after the 1973 oil embargo (2019)


Camp, Michael (Author)

University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 192
Language: English

Unnatural Resources explores the intersection of energy production and environmental regulation in Appalachia after the oil embargo of 1973. The years from 1969 to 1973 saw the passage of a number of laws meant to protect the environment from human destruction, and they initially enjoyed broad public popularity. However, the oil embargo, which caused lines and fistfights at gasoline stations, refocused Americans' attention on economic issues and alerted Americans to the dangers of relying on imported oil. As a drive to increase domestic production of energy gained momentum, it soon appeared that new environmental regulations were inhibiting this initiative. A backlash against environmental regulations helped inaugurate a bipartisan era of market-based thinking in American politics and discredited the idea that the federal government had a constructive role to play in addressing energy issues. This study connects political, labor, and environmental history to contribute to a growing body of literature on the decline of the New Deal and the rise of pro-market thinking in American politics.

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Authors & Contributors
Newfont, Kathryn
Breyfogle, Nicholas B.
Frehner, Brian
Joyce, Barry Alan
Larson, Derek R.
Pearson, Byron E.
Environmental History
Business History Review
Cambridge University Press
Bloomsbury Publishing
ECW Press
Oregon State University Press
Princeton University Press
Environmental history
Environmental policy
Public policy
Energy resources and technologies
Science and politics
Carter, Jimmy
Mao, Zedong
Reagan, Ronald
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Appalachian region (North America)
California (U.S.)
North America
Sierra Club
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
American Society for Environmental History

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