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Chronology of energy in the United States
Wright, Russell O.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

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ix, 120 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The United States is in the unusual position of being both the world's top energy consumer and its top producer. Because it consumes more than it produces, though, it must import energy from Middle Eastern countries, primarily in the form of oil, to maintain its standard of living. The political, economic and environmental problems created by the need to import have developed slowly over time and are pressing issues today. This chronology begins with Benjamin Franklin's kite flying experiment in 1752 and ends with 2002 and a discussion of the development of new types of vehicles and the fuel systems used to power them, electricity deregulation in California, and the possible hydrogen economy of the future. Other topics covered in the chronology and appendices include the sun's role in the creation of various types of energy, the burning of wood for energy, the development and invention of the steam engine by James Watt, the use of the hydrocarbons coal and oil, key alternatives to oil, the use of water to produce hydroelectric and other forms of energy, atomic and nuclear energy, and the solutions that have been proposed to make the country self-sufficient.

Author Notes

Statistical analyst Russell O. Wright is the author of several baseball books. He lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Beginning with the day in 1752 when Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm and ending in December 2002, this volume lays out the history of the production and use of energy in the U.S. A lengthy introduction summarizes the various types of energy in use, and appendixes offer charts and a discussion of global warming. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Chronology of Energyp. 29
Appendix 1 Petroleum and Natural Gas Consumption, 1960-2000p. 95
Appendix 2 Air Pollution Emissions, 1970-1999p. 97
Appendix 3 Energy Consumption per Capita, 1960-2000p. 99
Appendix 4 Crude Oil/Petroleum Production/Imports, 1960-2000p. 101
Appendix 5 Fuel Consumption of Cars and Light Trucksp. 103
Appendix 6 Global Warming Considerationsp. 105
Bibliographyp. 113
Indexp. 115