The Moral Equivalent of War

"The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly.. . Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern this nation. This difficult effort will be the 'moral equivalent of war, 'except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not to destroy."

—Address to the nation, April 18,1977

Then I declared the energy effort to be the moral equivalent of war, a phrase coined by William James and suggested to...

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