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Panic at the pump: the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s

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"In Panic at the Pump, Meg Jacobs shows how a succession of crises beginning with the 1973 Arab oil embargo prompted American politicians to seek energy independence, and how their failure to do so shaped the world we live in. When the crisis hit, the Democratic Party was divided, with older New Deal liberals who prized access to affordable energy squaring off against young environmentalists who pushed for conservation. Meanwhile, conservative Republicans challenged both kinds of governmental activism and argued that there would be no energy crisis if the government got out of the way and let the market work. The result was a stalemate in Washington and panic across the country: miles-long gas lines, Big Oil conspiracy theories, even violent truckers' strikes.Jacobs argues that the energy crises of the 1970s became, for many Americans, an important object lesson in the limitations of governmental power. Washington proved unable to design a national energy policy, and the inability to develop resources and conserve only made the United States more dependent on oil from abroad. As we face the repercussions of a changing climate, a volatile oil market, and continued unrest in the Middle East, Panic at the Pump is a necessary and instructive account of a formative period in American political history"--
"A detailed historical narrative of the U.S. energy crisis in the 1970s and how policymakers responded to the turmoil"--
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subject_facetElectronic books
Energy policy -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989
title_displayPanic at the pump : the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s
title_fullPanic at the Pump The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s
Panic at the pump : the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s / Meg Jacobs
Panic at the pump : the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s [electronic resource] / Meg Jacobs
title_shortPanic at the pump
title_subthe energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s
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Electronic books
Energy policy
Foreign relations
History
Nonfiction
Politics
Politics and government