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The politics of energy conservation / Pietro S. Nivola.

By: Nivola, Pietro S.
Contributor(s): Brookings Institution.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, c1986Description: x, 294 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0815760884; 9780815760887; 0815760876 (pbk.); 9780815760870 (pbk.).Subject(s): Energy conservation -- United States | Energy policy -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Politics of energy conservation.DDC classification: 333.79/16/0973 Other classification: DHL 620.9(73) N735 | QR 530
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TJ163.4.U6 N58 1986 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100022334

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Nivola's title reflects his belief that conservation should be the prime motivator of federal energy policy. Fortunately, his strong convictions do not prevent a thorough and objective analysis of the attitudes and preferences of various factions in US politics as they affect regulation of crude oil and natural gas, federal regulation of electricity prices, and a federal excise tax on gasoline. Each issue is carefully examined as to the effect on the executive and legislative branches of pressure groups, local and regional interests, general public opinion, style of political leadership, party loyalty, and ideology. One point stressed is that lobbyists and local opinion have had little effect on Congressional voting on these issues. This and other conclusions are supported by tables of logit analysis that only a few specialists would find comprehensible. However, Nivola's verbal arguments are clear. The book is slightly dated, for he most part covering the time of the Ford and Carter administrations. In his conclusion the author draws on the examples discussed to make broad generalizations about politics in the US as contrasted with Europe. One objection is that in transition passages Nivola is often lured into the byways of overgrown metaphors. Upper-level undergraduates and graduates.-R.E. Willis, Mercer University QQ

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