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By George A. Gonzalez

ISBN-10: 1137539569

ISBN-13: 9781137539564

Throughout the USA oil and gasoline shale are being 'hydrofracked' to provide petroleum and typical fuel. Oil (or tar) sands from Canada is being 'processed' – thereby producing quite a lot of crude. This booklet locations the radical fossil fuels revolution that's occurring in North the USA in the context of significant strength politics.

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Large land owners and land developers benefit from increased investment and economic activity in their specific area because such increases usually translate into greater demand for land and built facilities, and, hence, increased prices for such land and facilities. Other members of local growth coalitions benefit from 40 ● American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands local economic growth because such growth generally expands the local consumer base. 18 Local growth coalitions take these actions because excessive localized air pollution (smoke, smog) is perceived as a threat to the regional economy.

51 Therefore, solar power development in North America was handicapped by a lack of local political support. This is starkly different from 44 ● American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands the Canadian oil sands, where development of this energy source did receive substantial support from the provincial government of Alberta in the form of financing for scientific research and private sector ventures. During the 1950s there was seemingly a qualitative shift in the politics surrounding the oil sands.

Economic Elites and Urban/Regional Politics/Policies Economic-elite-led policy discussion groups have also been formed for the purpose of shaping decision-making on the urban level. ”106 Returning to the issue of the “general interests” of the capitalist polity and economy, the economic elite approach would suggest that the conceptions of the general interest that dominate the state are not determined within the state in response to different shifts in the operation of the political economy and/or public opinion.

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