I was prompted to write about this by >Jeremy Bruno of The Voltage Gate
I was at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum this past weekend and was struck by how little progress, nay how we have gone BACKWARDS since Jimmy Carter started his initiatives in the environment and energy conservation (remember Ronald Reagan removing the solar panels from the White House?) Why are we still driving cars that get under 30 mpg – no better than cars in the 1970’s? It’s appalling.
Gas prices now (adjusted for inflation) are the same today as in 1981 when Carter left office. The U.S. still imports and consumes more oil than any other country in the world. Historical trends and Projections for U.S. use of fossil fuels continute to rise steadily since the early 80’s with the contribution of renewable and alternative sources remaining nominal (below 10% combined).
Flashback to 30 years ago, almost to the day:
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.
JIMMY CARTER, televised speech, Apr. 18, 1977