What Carter started, and what we have lost
This interesting article
by Thom Hartmann reminds us of where we were during the Carter administration, and the enormous strides made in alternative energy technologies in just those few short years, before the Reagan administration reversed course.
Titled "Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters - 28 Years Ago", it points out what Carter did right way back then:
- established the strategic petroleum reserve
- birthed the modern solar power industry
- led to the insulation of millions of American homes
- wind turbines and hybrid cars also benefited from Carter initiatives
- established America's first national energy policy
Carter also formed the Department of Energy, with the best of intentions, at this time; unfortunately DOE was quickly turned away from most real renewables research. It's also interesting to note that this was the time-period of the first NASA-DOE study of the prospects for space solar power - a study that suggested they could be feasible in about 20 years (i.e. by 2000). We have lost so much time...
Created: 2005-05-09 03:55:32 by Arthur Smith
Modified: 2005-05-09 03:55:56 by Arthur Smith