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Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s

Meg Jacobs
Format
Book
Published
New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780809058471, 0809058472, 9780374714895
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Summary
"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"--
Contents
  • Introduction: An energy Pearl Harbor
  • Part I: Stuck in the past. 1. In search of oil
  • 2. Coming up dry
  • Part II: Washington conservatives. 3. Turning right
  • 4. Finding a way out
  • Part III: Divided Democrats. 5. Freeze a Yankee
  • 6. Hot summer mad
  • Part IV: Blaming government. 7. Running on empty ; 8. I can't drive fifty-five
  • Conclusion: A new Project Independence?
Description
viii, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-351) and index.
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