Still Missing: A National Energy Policy

By Jonathan Becker. Jonathan Becker is an energy policy analyst . | The Christian Science Monitor, July 3, 1992 | Go to article overview

Still Missing: A National Energy Policy


Jonathan Becker. Jonathan Becker is an energy policy analyst ., The Christian Science Monitor


CONGRESS is scurrying to finish business on the country's well-known need for an energy policy. Many Americans have been thinking less about the issue since Saddam Hussein left Kuwait, but energy is still vitally important to the United States economy and environment - and still mishandled by Congress. Current legislation may represent Congress's best effort - which suggests that the federal government is incapable of resolving the energy issue.

In meetings held nationwide over the last few years to solicit citizen input into the national energy strategy, the most frequent observation was that the nation needs more efficient use of energy.

Efficiency does not mean discomfort. It means modernizing homes and businesses to save money and compete in overseas markets. Japan and Germany use half as much energy to produce goods as the US does, reducing their cost of production.

It also means addressing poor air quality, global warming, radioactive waste, ozone-layer depletion, and other energy-related threats.

Instead of emphasizing energy efficiency and a rapid development of solar, wind, and other clean, unlimited sources of energy, President Bush's energy strategy - sponsored in Congress by Sens. Bennett Johnston (D) of Louisiana and Malcolm Wallop (R) of Wyoming - was another special-interest grab bag, with only modest provisions for encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Johnston-Wallop bill proposed severe limitations on citizen participation in the licensing of nuclear power plants - essential in discovering and correcting dangerous flaws in nuclear reactors.

Johnston-Wallop also proposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. How much oil is there is uncertain, but drilling for a finite amount in a pristine natural area and using it poorly increases harm to the environment and stalls real alternatives to dependence on unstable foreign sources of energy.

Johnston-Wallop died, under combined pressure from environmental organizations opposed to oil drilling in Alaska and automobile manufacturers opposed to even the weak, vague provisions for higher automobile efficiency.

To appease the opposition, Johnston-Wallop was stripped of the drilling provisions and automobile-efficiency standards and reintroduced earlier this year. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Still Missing: A National Energy Policy
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.