Type Your Article Here ...On April 17, 1977, while wearing a sweater he would later be maligned for wearing, President Carter attempted to change the energy course of the United States of America, giving a speech that was ridiculed and belittled by many from both the right and the left.
We should have listened to him. If we would have implemented just a few of the goals we probably would not be facing the problems we are facing today.
We would not be held hostage by oil rich countries who wish to see our downfall or be robbed of our wealth by the oil industry and their obscene profits. We would not be watching the Gulf of Mexico and its' coastline, the people and the way of life of those people be destroyed as is being done today.
President Carter set forth ten principles and established seven goals that had they been followed and implemented; well, just imagine.
- For the county to have an effective and comprehensive energy policy, the citizens of the USA must understand the seriousness of the problem and make the necessary sacrifices and realize that the federal government would be responsible of the energy policy.
- Economic growth must continue and by saving energy we will maintain our standard of living and create new jobs with an effective conservation program.
- We must protect the environment
- We would protect ourselves by reducing our demand for oil, making the most of our other resources and developing a strategic petroleum reserve.
- All Americans from every region, class, interest group and industry must make sacrifices, while at the same time, profiteering would not be allowed.
- Conservation would be the cornerstone of the energy policy.
- The cost of energy must reflect the true cost of the energy; making the cost artificially cheap would be cheating ourselves.
- The Department of Energy was created to stabilize policy and to replace many different agencies that had some control over energy policies.
- Save the scarcest of the energy sources and make the most of the more abundant. We must also protect the environment and apply stricter safety standards to nuclear energy.
- Develop the new, unconventional sources of energy we will use in the next century.
President Carter wanted to have the following goals to be met by 1985:
- Reduce the annual growth rate in our domestic energy consumption to less than two percent.
- Reduce gasoline consumption by 10%
- Cut imported oil in half
- Establish a strategic petroleum reserve of one billion barrels, more than six months' supply.
- Increase our coal production
- Insulate 90 percent of American homes and all new buildings.
- Use solar energy in more than two and one-half million houses.
Those who insist on driving large, unnecessarily powerful cars must expect to pay more for that luxury.
What would the world be like today if these principals had been followed and the goals met?
I am betting that it would be a very different landscape.