Power crisis, energy blob

Big moves in energy policy tend not to happen until longstanding predictions of crises come true. This partly explains the difficulty of implementing effective energy policy in the US. The rest of the explanation has to do with the complexity of energy subjects and a political preference for big moves in energy policy.Crude oil from supergiant Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska and its satellites, crucial as it has been to US supply, is the product of crisis. The fervently contested pipeline that connects Prudhoe Bay to the warm-water port at Valdez didn't receive federal approval until the Arab oil embargo of 1973 demonstrated American need of oil. Long before then, the industry had war...

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