Living: Fahrenheit Eighty (Gasp!)

Carter's energy-saving proposal stirs a lot of hot air

The most identifiable group affected by the measure will be employees working in buildings subject to the plan's interpretations. These employees are likely to experience minor discomfort and small losses in productivity.

It was a pronouncement worthy of Orwell's Ministry of Truth. Already, there was talk of CLO factors (clothing insulation value) and acclimatization periods. In this case, though, the agency involved was the Department of Energy and the proposed effective date 1979, not 1984. Part of President Carter's stand-by energy-conservation measure approved...

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