The Nation: Launching the Energy Blitz

Coast to coast, Carter and his troops try to plug in the President's plan

When Jimmy Carter declared "the moral equivalent of war" against energy waste last spring, every member of his Cabinet was issued the bureaucrat's equivalent of the infantryman's M-16 rifle: a blue loose-leaf notebook loaded with proposed speeches and pointed statistics dramatizing the need for the President's "National Energy Plan." But as Carter's attention drifted to other subjects, the books gathered dust on secretarial shelves. No more. The energy program is in real trouble in Congress, and General Jimmy has...

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