American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands by George A. Gonzalez

By George A. Gonzalez

Throughout the U.S. oil and gasoline shale are being 'hydrofracked' to supply petroleum and usual fuel. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This ebook locations the novel fossil fuels revolution that's occurring in North the United States in the context of significant strength politics.

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Oil, natural gas, and coal) has ever politically stood in the way of the federal government’s development and promotion of nuclear power. This, even though a hugely successful civilian power program would have eliminated the need for fossil fuel as a source of energy (especially coal). 20 Far from manifesting opposition, the fossil fuel industry demonstrated significant political support for nuclear power in the 1950s. This support was shown through the 1956 report Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, submitted to the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy.

59 Importantly, the Sun Oil Company was linked to the Alberta’s oil sands policy-planning network. J. Howard Pew, the company’s long-time chief executive, was friends with Ernest Manning60—premier of Alberta for 25 years. 62 Historian Arthur M. ”63 In the 1970s there was global oil shortage, and the economic-elite-led policy-planning network did identify synthetic crude from the oil sands as an answer to this shortfall. The Oil Shocks of the 1970s In 1973 the Persian Gulf region of the Middle East took on particular importance for the Western allies.

Precious and irreplaceable oil) results in dominance over ideation and over other components of international hegemony. 91 These groups include the Sierra Club prior to the 1960s, the Save-the-Redwood League, and Environmental Defense Fund. 92 Susan R. ”93 The club was founded in 1892. 94 Unlike the Sierra Club, the high level of economic elite participation on the Save-the-Redwood League’s governing council has been maintained throughout its history. 96 In 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council, along with the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Resources Institute, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, formed the United States Climate Action Partnership with ten major businesses: Dupont, General Electric, Alcoa, Caterpillar, Duke Energy, PG&E of California, the FPL Group of Florida, PNM Resources of New Mexico, British Petroleum, and Lehman Brothers.

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