High Altitude Energy is a history of the fossil-fuels industries and some aspects of their impact on the people of Colorado. In order to serve the needs of a society, coal, oil, and gas had to be mined and marketed before they were converted into energy, the consumption of which contributed to a high standard of living characterized by rising levels of comfort and convenience. This study is, at best, an introduction to an enormously complex subject. It is hoped that it will stimulate additional investigations. In an effort to encourage further research, the following bibliographical essay identifies the principal sources the author used in the preparation of this work.
It is important to remember that fossil-fuels industries in Colorado, and the consumption of energy derived from them, did not occur in a vacuum. The national and international context is the focus of Sam H. Schurr and Bruce C. Netschert's Energy in the American Economy, 1850—1975 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1960), with attention to how and why energy production and consumption increased over a period of a century. The policy context for accelerating fossil-fuels production and consumption is the subject of John G. Clark's Energy and the Federal Government: