Join Us For A Live Taping With Research Scholar Meg Jacobs Discussing The 1970s Energy Crisis

Apr 28, 2016

Please join us Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater. I'll be sitting down with research scholar Meg Jacobs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. We'll discuss her compelling new book, "Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s."

In ”Panic at the Pump,” Meg Jacobs shows how a succession of crises beginning with the 1973 Arab oil embargo prompted American politicians to seek energy independence, and how their failure to do so shaped the world we live in. When the crisis hit, the Democratic Party was divided, with older New Deal liberals who prized access to affordable energy squaring off against young environmentalists who pushed for conservation.

Jacobs argues that the energy crises of the 1970s became, for many Americans, an important object lesson in the limitations of governmental power. Washington proved unable to design a national energy policy, and the inability to develop resources and conserve only made the United States more dependent on oil from abroad. As we face the repercussions of a changing climate, a volatile oil market, and continued unrest in the Middle East, Panic at the Pump is a necessary and instructive account of a formative period in American political history.

  • Meg Jacobs
  • "Panic At The Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s "
  • Reading/Book Signing
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater
  • Free and Open to the Public

Please arrive early as seating is limited. Hope to see you there!