The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America's Environment, by Michael J. Graetz

By Michael J. Graetz

Americans take without any consideration that after we turn a swap the sunshine will move on, once we occur the thermostat the room gets hot, and after we pull as much as the pump gasoline may be considerable and comparatively affordable. in spite of everything of power, Michael Graetz exhibits us that we have got been residing an strength fable for 40 years. till the Seventies, we produced regionally the entire oil we wanted to run our energy vegetation, warmth our houses, and gas our autos. on account that then, we have now needed to import lots of the oil we use, a lot of it from the center East. And we depend on an excellent dirtier fuel—coal—to produce 1/2 our electrical energy.

Graetz describes greater than 40 years of power coverage incompetence and argues that we needs to make larger judgements for our strength destiny. regardless of millions of pages of power laws because the Seventies (passed by way of a Congress that tended to raise slender parochial pursuits over our nationwide goals), americans have by no means been requested to pay a value that displays the genuine expense of the strength they eat. till americans face the evidence approximately fee, our power incompetence will continue—and in addition to it the unraveling of our surroundings, defense, and independence.

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Sadat hoped the United States would pressure Israel into concessions in negotiations, but by 1973 he decided that war was the only option. Early in 1973, Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz, whom Sadat had told about his audacious plan to attack Israel, began warning the Nixon administration that Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations would use the oil weapon if Washington failed to force Israel to return Arab land it had been occupying since the 1967 Arab–Israeli War. Throughout 1973, King Faisal—supposedly a great friend to the United States—threatened to halt oil shipments to America if the latter’s policy failed to become more even-handed between Israel and the Arab nations.

By early 1974, the American public had lost patience and hope. They were looking for villains and blamed the Nixon administration, the Arabs, and the oil companies for their troubles. ” In February 1974, he brought executives from the seven largest oil companies before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In the same hearing room in the glare of the same kleig lights where the Watergate hearings had captured the attention of the American public the preceding summer, senators excoriated the executives for their inadequate supplies and their excessive profits.

Fully 10 percent of the population of the country, twenty million people, demonstrated their support for redeeming the American environment,” Gordon said. “They attended events in every state and nearly every city and county. ” For such an auspicious occasion, Earth Day had rather modest origins. ” Nelson said that he got the idea for Earth Day from the anti– Vietnam War “teach-ins” then occurring at college campuses across the country, and he invited everyone to participate. ” For the first four months after Nelson’s Seattle announcement, two of his staffers managed Earth Day logistics out of his Senate office, but in mid-January he recruited Denis Hayes, who had recently graduated from Stanford University, to serve as Earth Day’s national coordinator.

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