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By George A. Gonzalez

Throughout the U.S. oil and fuel shale are being 'hydrofracked' to provide petroleum and traditional fuel. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This e-book locations the radical fossil fuels revolution that's happening in North the US in the context of significant energy politics.

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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. What came into relief in 1973 was that the region contained key supplies of petroleum for the Western world.

24 Therefore, neither the federal government’s policies on urban sprawl nor nuclear civilian power can be accounted for by simply looking at special-interest politics. Instead, we must look at those political processes where the general interests of the US polity and economy are identified and acted upon. As noted, there are two different theoretical camps that seek to identify and analyze the processes whereby the general political interests of the United States are formulated and implemented: (i) state autonomy theory and (ii) economic elite theory.

A. 25 Hence, the Alberta growth machine was ostensibly at the center of a policy-planning network focused on the oil sands. The province championed the oil sands in significant part through the Research Council of Alberta, housed in the University of Alberta. Walter H. ”28 Until the 1950s the oil industry had little interest in the Alberta oil sands. Paul Chastko, who documents the history and politics of the Canadian tar sands in Developing Alberta’s Oil Sands , notes the engineering challenge in extracting petroleum from the oil sands.

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