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By George A. Gonzalez

Throughout the U.S. oil and fuel shale are being 'hydrofracked' to provide petroleum and typical gasoline. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This ebook areas the radical fossil fuels revolution that's happening in North the United States in the context of serious energy politics.

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Specifically, important actors from the North American oil industry attended a conference focused on the tar sands. In this conference the oil sands were discussed as a major strategic resource as the Cold War was heating up and American gasoline demand was dramatically growing. The Canadian Oil Sands as a Strategic Asset In the context of growing and high-levels of US consumption of gasoline in the post-World War II period (see Chapter 5), the Canadian oil sands became part of the North American system of petroleum production.

63 Policy discussion groups are largely composed of members from the corporate community and the upper class. S. Chamber of Commerce. 64 Two other prominent examples of corporate policy discussion groups are the World Business Council of Sustainable Development and the International Chamber of Commerce. As I explain in Chapter 6 of this book, both these organizations are comprised of firms from all over the world. In the face of contemporary concerns over waning energy reserves, especially petroleum, these groups do not advocate energy conservation by reducing urban sprawl.

76 Christopher F. Jones in Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America points out that the infrastructure to move and transmit energy (including electricity) is central to the fossil fuel politics of the United States. Jones outlines how government authority (and subsidies) play a key role in the movement of energy throughout America. ”82 Today, the BCNI is known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. , control of energy) is a central factor in the operation of the world system. , precious and irreplaceable oil) results in dominance over ideation and over other components of international hegemony.

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