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Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940

Paul Sabin and Philip Rousseau


Energy shortages, climate change, and the debate over national security have thrust oil policy to the forefront of American politics. How did Americans grow so dependent on petroleum, and what can we learn from our history that will help us craft successful policies for the future? This book challenges us to see politics and law as crucial forces behind the dramatic growth of the U.S. oil market during the twentieth century. Using pre-World War II California as a case study of oil production and consumption, the book demonstrates how struggles in the legislature and courts over property rights ... More

Keywords: energy shortage, climate change, national security, oil policy, petroleum, U.S. oil market, oil economy, urban sprawl

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520241985
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Sabin, author

Philip Rousseau, editor