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What We Talk About When We Talk About Energy: History, Culture, and Energy in the Twentieth-Century United States

What We Talk About When We Talk About Energy: History, Culture, and Energy in the Twentieth-Century United States

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Time:
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Venue:
    The Huntington Library
  • Room:
    Seaver Classrooms 1&2
  • Cost:
    Free

Summary:

The history of energy generation and use in the United States is not only technical and geographic; it is cultural and political. This panel will examine the relationship between people and different energy regimes.

Description:

The history of energy generation and use in the United States is not only technical and geographic; it is cultural and political. This panel will examine the relationship between people and different energy regimes by discussing the Holtwood hydroelectric dam on the Susquehanna River and how infrastructure shaped patterns of use and personal behavior; the history of oil patch religion, evangelical Protestantism, and wildcat entrepreneurialism; and the ongoing search for a nuclear waste repository at the intersection of national policy, local interests, and long-term sustainability.