Overcoming Political Barriers to Reform in Energy Policy
This paper describes the pluralistic nature of energy politics in the US and the difficulties of reform. It has two primary purposes. First, it explains how the US political system structurally maximizes the ability for groups to block policy change. Second, the paper seeks to identify strategies to overcome these barriers in the interest of furthering the goal of environmentally sustainable, geopolitically reliable and physically secure sources of energy.
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The appendix contains graphs and maps of US oil refineries and political interest groups/influences.