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American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. George A. Gonzalez
    Pages 1-4
  3. George A. Gonzalez
    Pages 5-17
  4. George A. Gonzalez
    Pages 19-35
  5. George A. Gonzalez
    Pages 37-49
  6. George A. Gonzalez
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  7. George A. Gonzalez
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  8. George A. Gonzalez
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 103-194

About this book


American Empire and the Canadian Oil Sands shows that the unconventional fossil fuels revolution that is taking place in North America must be understood in light of the great power status of the US. Development of the Canadian oil sands would enhance the political position of the US on the world stage—both by powering its domestic economy and giving the US a potentially important asset as conventional fossil fuels are declining (e.g., peak oil). While the unconventional fossil fuels revolution in North America has obvious geopolitical implications, it also holds tremendous potential for causing environmental damage—both in terms of global warming and the local and regional damage created by extracting Canadian oil sands and natural gas and oil from shale.


economy energy policy environment human geography international relations Policy political science politics revolution social science

About the authors

George A. Gonzalez is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, USA. He is the author of Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital (2009), Energy and Empire: The Politics of Nuclear and Solar Power in the United States (2012), Energy and the Politics of the North Atlantic (2013) and The Politics of Star Trek: Justice, War, and the Future (2015).

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“Gonzalez (Univ. of Miami) offers a theoretically informed, critical analysis of US global energy policy. … Recommended for university and larger public libraries, and specialized collections in international affairs, foreign policy, economics, and security studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (J. P. Smaldone, Choice, Vol. 54 (2), October, 2016)