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American Energy

American Energy
The Politics of 21st Century Policy

First Edition

February 2014 | 232 pages | CQ Press
There are rapid, and sometimes radical, changes now transforming energy production and consumption in the United States. Utilizing contemporary examples throughout his narrative, Rosenbaum captures this transformation while analyzing how important actors, institutions, and issues impact American energy policymaking. With clear explanations of relevant energy technologies—from controversial fracking to mountain top mining to nuclear waste storage—the book first looks at the policy options available in governing the energy economy and then discusses specific resources (petroleum and natural gas, coal, nuclear power, electricity, renewable energy, conservation) and the global energy challenges associated with climate change. This is a perfect supplement for any environmental politics course.

1. The Politics of Policy
2. Managing Energy: A Policy Primer
3. Carbon Policy: Petroleum and Natural Gas
4. Carbon Policy: Coal
5. Nuclear Energy
6. Renewable Energy and Electric Power
7. American and Global Energy

“For anyone interested in the rapid transformation taking place in American energy policy, Rosenbaum's new book on this subject is required reading. It is well-researched, well-written, and extremely timely.”

W. Henry Lambright
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and Political Science, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University

"American Energy is a timely, thought-provoking contribution to the field. Its balanced and comprehensive treatment will leave the reader much better informed about the inputs and outputs of energy policy making. Moreover, as the discourse on national and human security broadens, we need scholarship that carefully explores and even demystifies vitally important issues. In this important respect, Rosenbaum delivers."

Christopher Burdett
Virginia Commonwealth University

"Having coherent, balanced, and future-oriented energy policies is absolutely critical to environmental quality, economic sustainability, and national security for the United States. We finally have book on US energy policy and politics that is equal to the subject. I recommend American Energy as an excellent, thoughtful, and authoritative analysis of one of the most important issues our time."

Daniel J. Fiorino
Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University

“This book is invaluable for those seeking to be more informed about American energy policy. It does a wonderful job describing the difficult decisions currently facing policy-makers.”

Robert D. Lifset
University of Oklahoma
Key features


  • Analysis of the recent, major increases in US petroleum and natural gas production that are expected to increase US energy security yet pose new environmental problems
  • Coverage of widely-publicized current policy conflicts including the controversy over natural gas fracking, the economic decline and environmental crises in coal mining, and the predicted decline of commercial nuclear power
  • Numerous graphics throughout, as well as a glossary of important terms

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

For instructors

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