Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

California's energy crisis represented a profound moment in energy policy, crisis management and environmental justice. California's deregulation led to blackouts and rapid increases in ratepayer bills that eventually fueled the Governor's declaration of emergency and emergency legislation by the State Legislature. Lessons about deregulation, crisis management and environmental justice abound.

This article is not an attempt to systematically and comprehensively analyze California's energy deregulation. It instead focuses on the repercussions of crisis management, particularly as it relates to environmental justice.

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