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Behind the Carbon Curtain Named Finalist for 2018 Spur Award

March 15, 2018
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Behind the Carbon Curtain: The Energy Industry, Political Censorship and Free Speech by Jeffrey A. Lockwood , has been chosen as a Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2018 Spur Awards - Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction category.

Since 1953 the WWA Spur Awards have honored the best in Western fiction, nonfiction, poetry, song, and film scripting. 

Jeff Lockwood's book was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.

Exploring censorship imposed by corporate wealth and power, this book focuses on the energy industry in Wyoming, where coal, oil, and gas are pillars of the economy. The author examines how governmental bodies and public institutions have suppressed the expression of ideas that conflict with the financial interests of those who profit from fossil fuels. He reveals the ways in which university administrations, art museums, education boards, and research institutes have been coerced into destroying artwork, abandoning studies, modifying curricula, and firing employees. His book is an eloquent story of the conflict between private wealth and free speech.

Providing more of the nation’s energy than any other state, Wyoming is a sociopolitical lens that magnifies the conflicts in the American West. But the issues are relevant to any community that is dependent on a dominant industry—and wherever the liberties of citizens and the ethics of public officials are at risk.


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