Power Shortage

Archive Report

Present Electric Power Resources and Needs

Tight Supply-Demand Situation Since the War

More electricity is being produced in the United States today than at the peak of the war effort. The electric utility industry is engaged in the greatest expansion program of its history. Government power projects have programmed additions to capacity that would double their power output by 1953. Nevertheless, President Truman told Congress in his message July 27, at the opening of the present special session: “There is an acute shortage of power in this country now.”

The Congress should reconsider its recent actions which cut sharply into our national electric power policy.…I am therefore resubmitting to the Congress appropriation requests for certain power projects which must be provided right away.

The President had previously condemned ...

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