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The Energy Security Dilemma

US Policy and Practice

Authors: David Bernell, Christopher A. Simon Publisher: Taylor and Francis Publication date: 2016 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 233 Publication formats: EAN: 9781136731655 DOI: 10.4324/9780203817797 ISBN: 9781136731655 Category: Society & social sciences Publisher's index: 9780203817797 Bibliographic note: -


This book analyzes the energy security of the United States – its ability to obtain reliable, affordable, and sufficient supplies of energy while meeting the goals of achieving environmental sustainability and protecting national security. The economic and national security of the United States is largely dependent upon fossil fuels, especially oil. Without significant changes to current practices and patterns of energy production and use, the domestic and global impacts – security, economic, and environmental – are expected to become worse over the coming decades. Growing US and global energy demands need to be met and the anticipated impacts of climate change must be avoided – all at an affordable price, while avoiding conflict with other nations that have similar goals.

Bernell and Simon examine the current and prospective landscape of American energy policy, from tax incentives and mandates at the federal and state level to promote wind and solar power, to support for fracking in the oil and natural gas industries, to foreign policies designed to ensure that markets and cooperative agreements — not armies, navies and rival governments — control the supply and price of energy resources. They look at the variety of energy related challenges facing the United States and argue that public policies designed to enhance energy security have at the same time produced greater insecurity in terms of fostering rising (and potentially unmet) energy needs, national security threats, economic vulnerability, and environmental dangers.


  • Cover 2
  • Half Title 5
  • Title Page 7
  • Copyright Page 8
  • Table of Contents 9
  • List of Illustrations 10
  • Preface 11
  • 1. Energy Security as a Concept 17
    • Conceptualizing Energy Security 23
    • A Framework for Analysis 28
    • Notes 34
  • 2. Values, Choices and Needs 36
    • Values and Choices 37
    • Needs and Choices 49
    • The Promise of Policy 56
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Author's affiliation

David Bernell: Oregon State University, USA
Christopher A. Simon: The University of Utah, USA