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Carbon nation : fossil fuels in the making of american culture

Bob Johnson (Author)
"A close look at our nation's conflicted love affair with fossil fuels (including coal, oil, and natural gas) and their pervasive impact on American life and culture. While carbon has literally fueled a relentless technological progress and provided the highest standard of living the world has ever seen, it's also been the engine for environmental and human degradation, a blithe consumerism unaware of its carbon dependency, and dangerously large concentrations of wealth and power. Focusing on this longstanding contradiction, Johnson argues that our embrace and celebration of carbon has been enabled by distancing ourselves from its costs"--Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2017
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2017
xiii, 230 pages illustrations 23 cm.
9780700625208, 0700625208
Introduction : Modernity's basement
pt. I. Divergence : A people of prehistoric carbon ; Rocks and bodies
pt. II. Submergence : An upthrust into barbarism ; The dynamo-mother ; A faint whiff of gasoline
Conclusion : A return of the repressed
Appendix : Energy and power