Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges, and Prospects for Change

Laurance R. Geri, David E. McNabb

June 3, 2011 by Routledge
Reference - 328 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439841891 - CAT# K11950
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy


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  • Examines elements of the energy policy question as it affects and is affected by the four interrelated institutions that make up the industry
  • Reviews a number of noteworthy energy policies that have emerged at the state and municipal levels
  • Explores the alternative frameworks and policy instruments available to elected and appointed officials in the United States
  • Discusses problems and opportunities facing policy makers in the future


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.