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 normal fuel. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This publication areas the novel fossil fuels revolution that's occurring in North the United States in the context of significant strength politics.

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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. What came into relief in 1973 was that the region contained key supplies of petroleum for the Western world. Petroleum-bearing countries of the region are Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, with Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia being the primary producing countries for the world’s oil market.

Other members of local growth coalitions benefit from 40 ● American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands local economic growth because such growth generally expands the local consumer base. 18 Local growth coalitions take these actions because excessive localized air pollution (smoke, smog) is perceived as a threat to the regional economy. S. Water Pollution Policies,” I demonstrate that local economic interests led the way in deploying the engineering needed to manage water pollution. 20 Consistent with economic elite theory, local growth coalitions are able to have their desire for local growth dominate the local and regional political agenda because its members possess the political resources of wealth and income.

16 Hertsgaard wrote his seminal book in 1983, when the US nuclear power industry still appeared capable of recovering in the short term from the setbacks of the late 1970s (most prominently the Three Mile Island accident in 1979). 18 According to Eckstein, it was local business interests that successfully defeated the start-up of the completed Shoreham nuclear power plant on Long Island, New York. Nuclear plants are potential threats to public health, and, hence, to local real estate values, as well as the local business climate, as people and firms can be reticent to locate in the vicinity of such a plant.

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