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Americans take for granted that when we flip a switch, the light will go on; when we turn up the thermostat, the room will get warm; and when we pull up to the pump, gas will be plentiful and relatively cheap. In The End of Energy, Michael Graetz shows us that we have been living an energy delusion for 40 years. Until the 1970s we produced domestically all the oil we needed to run our power plants, heat our homes, and fuel our cars. Since then, we have had to import most of the oil we use, much of it from the Middle East. And we rely on an even dirtier fuel—coal—to produce half of our electricity. Graetz describes more than 40 years of energy policy incompetence—from the Nixon administration’s fumbled response to the OPEC oil embargo through the failure to develop alternative energy sources to the current political standoff over "cap and trade"—and argues that we must make better decisions for our energy future.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on Graetz’s new book, The End of Energy.
Copies of The End of Energy will be available for purchase at the event.
Michael Graetz, Author, The End of Energy
Joseph Romm, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress