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Energy, the Modern State, and the American World System
Energy, the Modern State, and the American World System (March 2018)
George A. Gonzalez - Author

Examines political authority in the modern era as a function of specific energy politics.

In this provocative and original study, George A. Gonzalez argues that the relationship between energy and the state, as well as global politics, has become more and more deeply intertwined, reaching something of a crescendo with the global hegemony of Pax Americana in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He presents a cle...(Read More)
 
 
Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic
Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic (July 2013)
George A. Gonzalez - Author

Documents how energy resource acquisition has been the driving motivator for European and American international relations.

Since the onset of the Second Industrial Revolution in the second half of the nineteenth century, energy has become a key axis of politics and international relations, particularly for the United States and Western Europe. In Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic,George A. ...(Read More)
 
 
Energy and Empire
Energy and Empire (September 2012)
The Politics of Nuclear and Solar Power in the United States
George A. Gonzalez - Author

Reveals the role played by political and economic elites in the privileging of civilian commercial nuclear energy over other options, such as solar, in the United States after 1945.

What set the United States on the path to developing commercial nuclear energy in the 1950s, and what led to the seeming demise of that industry in the late 1970s? Why, in spite of the depletion of fossil fuels and the obvious d...(Read More)

 
 
Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital
Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital (March 2009)
George A. Gonzalez - Author

Argues that the United States refuses to address global warming because of the reliance of the American economy on urban sprawl.

This far-reaching and penetrating study sheds new light on the role of the United States in global warming. Shortly after the Second World War, urban development in the United States became an important spur for the global economy, creating demand for products such as automobiles, fur...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Air Pollution
The Politics of Air Pollution (January 2005)
Urban Growth, Ecological Modernization, and Symbolic Inclusion
George A. Gonzalez - Author

Argues that clean air policy is driven by locally oriented economic elites.

Who has been at the political forefront of clean air policy development in the United States? In The Politics of Air Pollution, George A. Gonzalez argues that the answer is neither the federal government, nor environmental groups, but rather locally oriented economic elites in conjunction with state and local governments. These local growth coalitions,...(Read More)
 
 
Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking
Flashpoints in Environmental Policymaking (April 1997)
Controversies in Achieving Sustainability
Sheldon Kamieniecki - Editor
George A. Gonzalez - Editor
Robert O. Vos - Editor

Presents alternative and often opposing viewpoints on the major national and international environmental controversies that will be with us well into the twenty-first century.

Although considerable progress has been made in improving environmental quality in parts of the United States, many localities have yet to meet federal air and water quality standards and many hazardous-waste sites remain to be cleaned up. At the ...(Read More)
 
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