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The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence Hardcover – March 4, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262015676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262015677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The tangled history of energy policy is admirably described in the new book by legal scholar Michael Graetz, The End of Energy.... As will be clear, I largely agree with Graetz's conclusion.... Graetz's book is a sobering reminder of the shortcomings of our political system. He shows that the ability of the federal government to respond to long-term challenges is very limited when a good policy will impose short-term costs." -- William D. Nordhaus, The New York Review of Books

"This book is a must read for all people interested in energy policies and our biosphere. This book should be read, studied and comprehended by as many people as possible."--J. T. Trevors, Environmentalist

"...a compelling case for a radical shift in our approach to energy production that Washington policy makers would do well to study closely." -- Booklist

"A winner -- and quite possibly the best and most important book from this outstanding political writer. The End of Energy is a beautifully written book on a fascinating and vital topic. Each chapter offers a gripping story, a history lesson, and a public policy moral. It sounds an alarm that we ignore at our peril: we keep ducking this problem, searching for easy answers (a technological fix) and doing foolish things (low prices). Graetz is out to wake us up." -- James Morone , Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, Brown University, and author of Hellfire Nation

"The End of Energy is a tour de force, carrying the reader through four decades of U.S. energy policymaking. With scholarly care and policy insight, Michael Graetz shows step by step -- and misstep by misstep -- how we've ended up with greater dependency on fossil fuels than ever despite constant calls for a changed energy path that would cut emissions, reduce the threat of climate change, and end the national security burdens that come with vast quantities of imported oil. This book is a must-read for students, policymakers, business leaders, and anyone interested in the sorry story of U.S. energy policy." -- Daniel C. Esty , Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, and coauthor of Green to Gold

"The End of Energy is required reading for anyone interested in energy policy. Graetz tells a spellbinding story of how we've gotten to where we are today with our confused collection of federal policies. This book should be on the bookshelf of everyone working on energy policy both in and out of government." -- Gilbert E. Metcalf , Professor of Economics, Tufts University

About the Author

Michael J. Graetz is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law at Columbia University and Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Yale Law School. His other books include Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The worst thing about this book is the title. The book is not about the end of energy. It is an excellent history of energy policy and the use of energy, mainly focusing on the United States in the last fifty or so years. The focus of the book tends to be on US regulatory policy and its effects on the use of energy, examined in the context of the political and geographic changes that occured in energy use over this time period. For example: the author summarizes the factors the lead to the energy crisis in the 70's; he then reviews the actions of the Nixon and later the Carter administrations (in conjunction with Congress, of course) to manage energy policy. He also details the effects of these policies on later patterns of energy use within the United States.
Overall, he does an first rate job of picking through an enormous amount of information, and synthesizing a reasonable historical story. Given the amount of information presented and various theories out there, one can of course find details to debate. None the less, overall the story he presents is plausable, and compatible with the other histories of energy policy I have read. The biliographic essay at the end of the book provides evidence to substatiate his statements, and should provide a good source for further reading on the topics covered. However, the lack of formal footnotes makes it difficult to quickly check a fact or find a source.
Mr. Graetz also introduces a second theme, that of the US response to global climate change. He does not develop this theme as fully, but obviously one cannot address current energy policy without including this issue. Overall, a very well written, well thought out and necessary study of US energy policy. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Garrison on March 24, 2013
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At first, I was amazed to see only one review here so far of this book. On further reflection, to a great extent I can see why. It's not just a dry, academic tome, but then again it isn't a rabble-rousing polemic. It delves deeply into the policy-making process, from many angles. It's bound to be too deep for many readers with an interest in energy. In fact, I must confess to being one of those, to a great extent, as I have more interest in technical and philosophical matters, and more awareness of them, than I do of the political and legal processes that must be dealt with if you want to create real change.

Anyway, I commend Graetz for doing a lot of very careful and serious work on the subject. If more of those involved approached the subject in the same intelligent, practical way, there would be much less need for a book of this nature in the first place.
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