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The Resource Routes of power : energy and modern America, Christopher F. Jones

Routes of power : energy and modern America, Christopher F. Jones

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Routes of power : energy and modern America
Title
Routes of power
Title remainder
energy and modern America
Statement of responsibility
Christopher F. Jones
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The fossil fuel revolution is usually rendered as a tale of historic advances in energy production. In this perspective-changing account, Christopher F. Jones instead tells a story of advances in energy access--canals, pipelines, and wires that delivered power in unprecedented quantities to cities and factories at a great distance from production sites. He shows that in the American mid-Atlantic region between 1820 and 1930, the construction of elaborate transportation networks for coal, oil, and electricity unlocked remarkable urban and industrial growth along the eastern seaboard. But this new transportation infrastructure did not simply satisfy existing consumer demand--it also whetted an appetite for more abundant and cheaper energy, setting the nation on a path toward fossil fuel dependence. Between the War of 1812 and the Great Depression, low-cost energy supplied to cities through a burgeoning delivery system allowed factory workers to mass-produce goods on a scale previously unimagined. It also allowed people and products to be whisked up and down the East Coast at speeds unattainable in a country dependent on wood, water, and muscle. But an energy-intensive America did not benefit all its citizens equally. It provided cheap energy to some but not others; it channeled profits to financiers rather than laborers; and it concentrated environmental harms in rural areas rather than cities. Today, those who wish to pioneer a more sustainable and egalitarian energy order can learn valuable lessons from this history of the nation's first steps toward dependence on fossil fuels.--Publisher description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jones, Christopher F
Dewey number
333.790973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9502.U52
LC item number
J658 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Energy policy
  • Energy development
  • Power resources
  • Energy consumption
  • Transportation
  • Energieversorgungsnetz
  • Energieversorgung
  • Strukturwandel
  • USA
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy development
  • Energy policy
  • Power resources
  • Transportation
  • United States
Label
Routes of power : energy and modern America, Christopher F. Jones
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Coal's liquid pathways -- The anthracite energy transition -- Pennsylvania's petroleum boom -- Pipelines and power -- Taming the Susquehanna River -- The electrification of America
Control code
ocn861478426
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages ;
Isbn
9780674970922
Lccn
2013035785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations :
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674728899
  • (OCoLC)861478426
Label
Routes of power : energy and modern America, Christopher F. Jones
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Coal's liquid pathways -- The anthracite energy transition -- Pennsylvania's petroleum boom -- Pipelines and power -- Taming the Susquehanna River -- The electrification of America
Control code
ocn861478426
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages ;
Isbn
9780674970922
Lccn
2013035785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations :
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674728899
  • (OCoLC)861478426

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