TITLE

Socioeconomic Impacts of Energy Development

AUTHOR(S)
Nordlund, Willis J.
PUB. DATE
June 1978
SOURCE
Labor Law Journal;Jun78, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p371
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the socioeconomic impacts of energy development in the U.S. by highlighting the proposed National Energy Plan (NEP). The president outlined, on April 20, 1977, the dimensions of the nation's energy problem and what he felt must be done to prevent major domestic and international disruptions resulting from energy shortages. This, of course, was not the first Presidential address on energy policies, but it does represent the watershed between discussion and action. A National Energy Plan has been proposed by the Administration and is currently being debated in the Congress. Few people realize the importance of this series of Congressional debates. Among the impacts of energy development is the disruption of the labor market. The working population is a subset of the community's population and neither can be analyzed independently. There are important impacts and feedback effects that determine to a large degree how well the labor market functions and what living standard will prevail in the community. Industrial psychologists have known for years that an individual worker's family relationships affect his or her performance on the job. Workers take their family problems to work as well as the reverse. These general observations provide a frame of reference in which labor market problems in the energy sector can be analyzed. The basic labor market forces are at work, but in some communities exogenous factors play a predominant role. Labor market mechanisms become chaotic and ultimately break down because of the chaotic conditions in the host communities, but not the reverse. In other words, chaotic communities produce chaotic labor markets in energy-impacted areas. INSET: HAZARD ALERT ISSUED.
ACCESSION #
5811739

 

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