Providing a perspective on the dynamics of energy and societal changes, this book examines historical examples of energy transitions—from petroleum and natural gas to renewable resources or nuclear fission and assesses the implications of energy transitions for government energy policies.
Introduction Part 1: The Past 1. The Ascent of Oil: The Transition from Coal to Oil in Early Twentieth-Century America 2. Resistance to Long-Term Energy Transition: The Case of Power Alcohol in the l930s 3. An Attempt at Transition: The Bureau of Mines Synthetic Fuel Project at Louisiana Missouri 4. The Transition to Solar Energy: An Historical Approach Part 2: The Future 5. The Role of the Government in the Development of Solar Energy 6. Forecasting Alternative Energy Futures: The Case of Solar Energy 7. Patterns of Transition: Use and Supply of Energy 8. Speculations on the Transition to Sustainable Energy