Laurance R. Geri, David E. McNabb
June 3, 2011
Reference - 328 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439841891 - CAT# K11950
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy
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In an effort to provide greater awareness of the necessary policy decisions facing our elected and appointed officials, Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change presents an overview of important energy policies and the policy process in the United States, including their history, goals, methods of action, and consequences.
In the first half of the book, the authors frame the energy policy issue by reviewing U.S. energy policy history, identifying the policy-making players, and illuminating the costs, benefits, and economic and political realities of currently competing policy alternatives. The book examines the stakeholders and their attempts to influence energy policy and addresses the role of supply and demand on the national commitment to energy conservation and the development of alternative energy sources.
The latter half of the book delves into specific energy policy strategies, including economic and regulatory options, and factors that influence energy policies, such as the importance of international cooperation. Renewed interest in various renewable and nontraditional energy resources—for example, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, biomass, and tide motion—is examined, and policy agendas are explored in view of scientific, economic, regulatory, production, and environmental constraints. This book provides excellent insight into the complex task of creating a comprehensive energy policy and its importance in the continued availability of energy to power our way of life and economy while protecting our environment and national security.
What Is Energy?
Structure of the Energy Industry
Stakeholders in the Energy Policy Network
What Actions Should We Take?
Purpose for the Book
Why an Energy Policy Is Important
THE CHALLENGES IN CRAFTING U.S. ENERGY POLICY
The Political Realities of Energy Policy
Energy Policy in Transition
The Art and Science of Crafting Public Policy
The Long Search for a Sustainable Energy Policy
Difficulties in Achieving a Balanced Energy Policy
What’s on the Current Energy Policy Agenda?
POLICIES FORENERGY TRANSITION
Crafting Policy with Subsidies and Regulations
Policies Shaped by Taxes and Market Mechanisms
International Cooperation on Energy Policy
Policies for a New Energy Future
Aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill: Prospects for Policy Changes