POLICY: The Whirlwind Confronts the Skeptics

In mid-fall, the energy crisis burst upon the U.S. with the emotional impact of a modern-day handwriting on the wall. After a long Belshazzar's feast of energy gluttony, it seemed, Americans were being called to a bitter reckoning. The winter loomed as a grim season of cold bedrooms and chilly classrooms, of painful shortages of oil-related products ranging from phonograph records to penicillin, of cramped inability to travel, of shuttered factories and high unemployment. And that supposedly would be only the start of a new lifestyle of thrift, sharing and self-denial —spiritually cathartic,...

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