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Political Science Environmental Policy

Energy and the Quality of Life

Understanding Energy Policy

by (author) Clifford Hooker, Robert MacDonald, Robert van Hulst & Peter Victor

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1981
Environmental Policy, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Energy
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As the supply/cost crunch tightens, issues related to energy become increasingly compelling. This is a guide for the general public to the fossil fuel crisis facing Canada, and Ontario in particular. It is also about other long-term matters of greater importance: the economic, socio-political, and cultural consequences of the choices which now have to be made, primarily by governments.


The authors argue that energy policy is social policy. Therefore our ideas about the kind of society we want must be a governing consideration in working out a policy to take Canada through the energy crisis.


The four writers bring to bear on the problem the perspectives of engineering, philosophy, environmental studies, and economics. The result is a balanced guide for the continuing debate on the adaptation of society to the imperatives of energy.

About the authors

Clifford A. Hooker is a professor emeritus of philosophy and conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle and Director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Research Group.

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Robert MacDonaldis a professor of sociology at Teesside University.

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Robert van Hulst is a professor in the Department of Biological Studies at Bishop's University.

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