Energy Policy: The New Administration

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Issues Facing Republicans

Administration's Emphasis on Production

Since 1973, when world oil prices took their first giant leap upward, Americans have heard from all sides that they must learn to adjust to an age of scarcity. During his four-year term, President Carter repeatedly told Americans that they would have to use less energy and pay more for it in order to be sure of having adequate supplies for the future. Responding to such admonitions and to rising energy prices, Americans did begin to conserve. Motorists switched to more fuel-efficient cars; homeowners and managers of commercial property installed insulation and improved heating systems; businesses started to develop and use energy-saving industrial processes.

In sharp contrast to Carter's call for collective sacrifice, President Reagan has made it clear that ...

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