Energy sources are truly regulated from the bowels of the earth to the flame tip. Local, state and federal governments, whether by design or blind ineptitude, have created a maze of administrative regulations that affect the development of both current and future energy sources. Rather than discuss regulatory horror stories, it is the purpose of this paper to discuss the impacts of this maze of regulations on current and alternate energy sources.

The first section will review 16 federal acts that make up the regulatory nemesis. The second section will review an example of the maze in action on a current energy source. The third section will examine the effect of the maze on the alternate energy sources of solar, oil shale and geothermal. The final section will discuss the political and economic impacts of the regulations.

Meeting Name

7th Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1980: Oct. 14-16, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Management II

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Final Version

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Publication Date

16 Oct 1980