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Author Jacobs, Meg, 1969-

Title Panic at the pump : the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s / Meg Jacobs.

Publication Info. New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Struas and Giroux, 2016.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    320.973 JAC    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    320.97309 JAC    Available
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Edition First Edition.
Description viii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-351) and index.
Subject Energy policy -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations.
ISBN 9780809058471 (hardback)
0809058472 (hardback)

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