Lecture Description

Drawing on recent examples of contestation over the Keystone pipeline and other sites of petroleum production, transportation, and refining in the North American west (from Texas to Alberta, Canada), this lecture demonstrates how matters, people, and institutions of faith have played outsized roles in the politics of oil during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (from the age of FDR to the age of Trump). By extension it highlights the impact that religion has had on the construction and maintenance of oil-patch political culture, and the challenges American society faces in transitioning away from a carbon-based energy regime.

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Environment and Natural Resources Religion

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