ENERGY UPDATE: ECOLOGY TAKES BACK SEAT

In this review of the ninth World Energy Conference (WEC), several interesting developments which took place at the WEC are discussed. One such development was the decidedly back seat which was taken by the auto industry, although sessions were devoted specifically to auto problems. When automobiles were discussed at the WEC, it was largely in the context of an assumed switch to more public transit. Another development concerned President Gerald R. Ford's statement on energy policy where he called for a combination of independence and interdependence, terms which were left open to interpretation by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This statement, coupled with an earlier speech and that of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to the United Nations (in which they linked U.S. food policy to OPEC oil policy), were interpreted by the Arab nations as threats of concerted action against OPEC rather than real attempts as international cooperation. Another development was the arrangement of priorities, whereby environmental considerations took second place to energy matters. This was apparent by the call for less environmental constraints. Secretary of Interior Rogers Morton indicated that the U.S. government was softening its stand on strip mining and moving to increase leasing rights to oil on federal lands and for off-shore drilling. An auto industry delegate, John J. Ricca, indicated that attention at the WEC was directed to the technical aspects of the best ways to utilize energy and take advantage of coal and nuclear power resources.

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    Ward's Communications Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Whiteside, D E
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Accession Number: 00083709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1981 12:00AM