Book ID: CBB422891122

Fueling Mexico: Energy and Environment, 1850–1950 (2021)


Vergara, Germán (Author)

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 300

Around the 1830s, parts of Mexico began industrializing using water and wood. By the 1880s, this model faced a growing energy and ecological bottleneck. By the 1950s, fossil fuels powered most of Mexico's economy and society. Looking to the north and across the Atlantic, late nineteenth-century officials and elites concluded that fossil fuels would solve Mexico's energy problem and Mexican industry began introducing coal. But limited domestic deposits and high costs meant that coal never became king in Mexico. Oil instead became the favored fuel for manufacture, transport, and electricity generation. This shift, however, created a paradox of perennial scarcity amidst energy abundance: every new influx of fossil energy led to increased demand. Germán Vergara shows how the decision to power the country's economy with fossil fuels locked Mexico in a cycle of endless, fossil-fueled growth - with serious environmental and social consequences.

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Authors & Contributors
Shulman, Peter Adam
Benoit, Serge
Boersema, Jan J.
Brosnan, Kathleen A.
Jones, Christopher F.
Le Roux, Muriel
Agricultural History
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Environmental History
Journal of Global History
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Harvard University
Duke University Press
Éditions La Découverte
Harvard University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Fossil fuels
Energy resources and technologies
Fuels and fuel technology
Coal and coal mining
Environmental history
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
North America

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