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Unnatural Resources: Energy and Environmental Politics in Appalachia after the 1973 Oil Embargo by Michael Camp

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This book clarifies for me the contrast between the years 1969 and 1973 when environmental regulation enjoyed considerable public support and the years after the Oil Embargo when both Democrats and Republicans became defenders of corporate power, and pro-market thinking replaced New Deal consciousness in the Democratic Party. Chapters focus in on particular controversial decisions, including the evolving role of the United Mine Workers, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, the Tellico Dam, and the overall vision of the Tennessee Valley Authority. “Unnatural Resources brings fresh insight and perspective to our understanding of the tensions between energy security and environment protection in the 1970s. Camp dramatizes how conflicts over coal, nuclear power, and hydroelectricity in Appalachia were pivotal in shaping the energy legacy of the Carter presidency.”--Tyler Priest. The author, Michael Camp, is a professor and archivist at the University of West Georgia.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The University of Pittsburg Press, 2019. 192 pages with an index and notes. Hardback in dust jacket.