Pipeline Politics: Assessing the Benefits and Harms of Energy Policy, 1st Edition

  • Madelon L. Finkel
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  • ISBN-10: 1440861862
  • ISBN-13: 9781440861864
  • DDC: 338.5
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The U.S. holds the world record of having the largest network of energy pipelines, with more than 2.4 million miles of pipeline transporting oil or natural gas. Russia, China, and Canada as well as many other countries also have extensive pipelines. How safe are they, and is there a potential harm to the environment and human health? In this text, the author presents an essential and clearly-stated review of the pros and cons of transporting oil and natural gas by pipeline. He dispels myths, inaccuracies, and misconceptions and highlights the potential dangers that must be considered in any country's energy policy. This book provides a broad and accessible analysis of the history, safety, politics and risks of pipelines. It examines the benefits and costs of pipelines in parallel as well as issues of environmental justice; the fairness of treatment of the people affected; and the development, implementation, and enforcement of pipeline laws, regulations, and policies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Pipeline Geopolitics.
2: A Brief Historical Overview of Energy: Lots of Options to Choose From.
3: From the Source to Market: The Importance of Pipeline Networks.
4: How Safe Are Pipelines? How Are They Regulated?.
5: Pipeline Controversies: The Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
6: Here’s to Your Health: What Does the Research Show?.
7: This Land Is My Land . . . Or Is It?.
8: Adding Up the Numbers: Boom, Bust, and Jobs.
9: NIMBY and Environmental Justice.
10: Oil, Gas, and Pipeline Industries and Climate Change.
11: Going Forward.
About the Author.