Butler University economist Peter Z. Grossman offers a splendid, clearly written, masterly, wide-ranging analysis of these [energy] policy failures. His book is must reading for anyone concerned with energy policy and worth the attention of those with broader concerns about expansive government.- Richard L. Gordon, Regulation
Energy Book of the Year...Combining amazing detail, sparkling prose, and sound theory, Grossman fully exposes the mockery of a sham of our farcical "energy crisis" mentality stretching all the way back to the Nixon years. The book is over 350 pages of closely argued material, but not a single one of them drags. - Steven Hayward, powerlineblog.com
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to inquire deeply into U.S. economic history since the 1970s. - Kennedy Maize, Power
[I]mportant and sobering...with much insight about today's debate - Robert L. Bradley, Jr. masterresource.org
'U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure is exactly the kind of analysis that more economists should do. It brings in political transaction costs to explain how policies can go astray, endure, and reduce welfare. Given the plethora of policy recommendations for climate change mitigation, economists should take pause and be careful in what they call for.' Gary Libecap, University of California, Santa Barbara
'For four decades, politicians have promised a solution to the 'energy crisis' that will bring Americans 'energy independence'. Fusion, wind, solar, switch grass, or algae, the salvation technologies have changed but the promises remain the same and broken. In this important and entertaining book, Peter Grossman documents the history of energy policy failure. Most importantly, [he] explains why policy has failed. Crisis-mentality thinking has promoted quick fixes and single-shot 'solutions' that ignore market and technology realities. What we need is not a solution in the style of the Manhattan project but stable rules that support basic research while leaving plenty of scope for American entrepreneurship and innovation. Professor Grossman's careful history and insightful analysis is the key guide to a more modest but a more successful energy policy.' Alex Tabarrok, Director, Center for Study of Public Choice, and Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics, George Mason University
'Peter Grossman's definitive documentation of the failures of energy policy is a must-read for every policy analyst.' Murray Weidenbaum, Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St Louis, and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors during the Reagan Administration
U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure is about the serial failures of U.S. energy policy, failures that have been extraordinarily wasteful, with little learned by policy makers in the process. Congresses and presidential administrations have repeatedly backed failed policies because they promise solutions that in reality they do not and cannot provide, but that are politically expedient, even if the chances of practical success are close to zero.