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Energy Follies

Missteps, Fiascos, and Successes of America's Energy Policy

Robert R. Nordhaus Sam Kalen (University of Wyoming)



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Cambridge University Press
22 November 2018
Conversations about energy law and policy are paramount, undergoing new scrutiny and characterizations. Energy Follies: Missteps, Fiascos, and Successes of America's Energy Policy explores how a century of energy policies, rather than solving our energy problems, often made them worse; how Congress and other federal agencies grappled with remedying seemingly myopic past decisions. Sam Kalen and Robert R. Nordhaus investigate how misguided or naive energy policy decisions caused or contributed to past energy crises, and how it took years to unwind their effects. This work recounts the decades-long struggles to move to market supply and pricing policies for oil and natural gas in order to make competition work in the electric power industry and to tame emissions from the coal fleet left to us by the 1970s coal policies. These historic policies continue to present struggles, and this book reflects on how future challenges ought to learn from our past mistakes.
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Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9781108439206
ISBN 10:   1108439209
Pages:   254
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Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction; 2. Federal energy regulation begins flowing; 3. The Supreme Court creates a gap; 4. The gap continues: changing electricity markets; 5. Natural gas' tortured road from regulation to decontrol; 6. Oil shocks, gas lines, and energy policy; 7. Carter crowns coal king: coal's war on people; 8. Energy eclipsing air; 9. Oil, cars and climate; 10. Embedded judgments and energy resilient transitions.

Robert R. Nordhaus was the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) first General Counsel, and later served as General Counsel for the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration. From 1963 to 1974, he was Assistant Counsel in the Legislative Counsel's Office of the US House of Representatives, where he assisted in drafting many of the nation's prominent legislative programs, including the 1970 Clean Air Act. He was also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. Sam Kalen is the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law, as well as the founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies, at the University of Wyoming. He is the author of numerous law review articles, and co-author of Basic Practice Series: ESA (Endangered Species Act) (2012) and Natural Resources Law and Policy (2016).

Reviews for Energy Follies: Missteps, Fiascos, and Successes of America's Energy Policy

Bob Nordhaus and Sam Kalen provide insights into the making of some of America's most significant energy and environmental policies. Their extensive experience in crafting, implementing, and teaching these policies gives them unique credibility. They offer us solid recommendations as this generation engineers a vital energy transition to address the challenge of climate change. Climate policy stakeholders-journalists, academics, students, advocates and policy-makers-should read this book. Phil Sharp, Former Congressional Representative, Former President of Resources for the Future, and Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

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