ENERGY: No Manhattan Project

President Ford has maintained that the U.S. will spare no effort to develop alternative sources of energy. Yet up to now the Administration has not answered the fundamental policy question: What should replace oil and natural gas, which presently supply more than 75% of the nation's power needs but are rapidly becoming scarcer as well as more costly?

This week the Energy Research and Development Administration, created by Ford last October to map out the nation's route to alternate sources of power (TIME, April 14), published its first recommendations. The ERDA policy blueprint will not stir much hope for a quick...

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