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The Extraction State: A History of Natural Gas in America

Charles Blanchard, Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA, $50, 416 pages, Jan. 2021, IBSN: 978-0-822-94636-6


The history of the U.S. is intertwined with that of its energy sector. This narrative dissects this relationship, focusing on the rise of natural gas in America and the regulatory missteps that nearly ruined the market. The book explains how New Deal energy regulations came together in the 1920s and how they fell apart in the 1970s. From there, the book looks at today’s policies and explores where natural gas might be headed in the near future.

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