By George A. Gonzalez
Throughout the USA oil and fuel shale are being 'hydrofracked' to provide petroleum and traditional gasoline. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This ebook locations the radical fossil fuels revolution that's occurring in North the USA in the context of serious strength politics.
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During the 1950s there was seemingly a qualitative shift in the politics surrounding the oil sands. 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.
Figure is for 2013, and the source is: International Energy Agency, Excerpts from CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion , 2015 ed. (Paris: International Energy Agency, 2015), viii. American unconventional fossil fuels revolution (including developing the Canadian oil sands). Scholars have sought to explain US energy demand and supply policies in terms of special-interest politics. Urban sprawl and nuclear civilian energy in the United States, however, were not simply the product of special-interest projects.
59 Importantly, the Sun Oil Company was linked to the Alberta’s oil sands policy-planning network. 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.