Energy Policy: Then And Now

On Energy Independence

“Let us pledge that by 1980, under Project Independence, we shall be able to meet America’s energy needs from America’s own energy resources.” — Richard Nixon, Nov. 7, 1973.

“Mr. Speaker, it is time, in 1990, for this Nation to adopt a declaration of energy independence from the rest of the world. President Bush will be remembered for even more skill, leadership, and vision if he will commit today to making the United States of America energy independent by the year 2000.” — Rep. Owen D. Pickett (D-VA)

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my bill, the Energy Independence  Act, designed to ensure the energy self-sufficiency of the United States by the year 2010.” — Rep. John Larson (D-CT), March 2000

“I am in Oak Ridge today to propose that the United States launch a new Manhattan project: a 5-year project to put America firmly on the path to clean energy independence.”  — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), 2008

“Today I’m announcing the first steps on our journey toward energy independence.” -Barack Obama, 2009

“Mitt Romney Sets Goal Of North American Energy Independence By 2020.” — Team Romney, August 22, 2012

 

On Cheap Energy

“The age of cheap fuel is over.” — Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller, 1975

“[Americans] cannot again have cheap energy.” — New York Times editorial, 1979

“The Era of Cheap Energy is Over.” — Washington Post editorial, 1990

“The Age of Cheap Oil is Over.” –International Energy Agency, 2010

 

On Natural Gas:

“I think the resource [natural gas] has had it.” John O’Leary, Carter’s choice to head the Federal Energy Admiinistration (and later Deputy Secretary of Energy), February 4, 1977

“US natural gas reserves reached record levels in 2011…” Oil & Gas Journal, April 4, 2012

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