The basic guidelines for a national energy policy are outlined by Rep. Mike McCormack of Washington. Among his foremost criteria for the formation of this type of policy is that it must be based on the best scientific and engineering information available. Other factors that must be included are conservation measures, a higher standard of living, energy self sufficiency, ultimate dependence upon non-polluting energy sources, and a balance among environmental protection, and a stable economic system. The Congressman points out the folly of relying solely on solutions such as solar energy to deal with the problem since R&D programs such as those will not be ready for implementation until the end of the century. To answer immediate demands more practical measures must be taken such as new technology for drilling and exploring for oil and gas, and improved methods of coal mining and transporting coal. Nuclear energy is another source available at the present time of which we must make the most. Although the hazards of nuclear radiation have been widely publicized, the actual statistics do not warrant this excessive fear. Ideas for the containment of nuclear waste have also been offered. In summary, Rep. McCormack states that the U.S. is in a good position to move ahead now with aggressive programs for the future in solar, geothermal, and nuclear fusion energy. However, since these are long-range goals, present needs cannot be neglected. The challenge today is to develop a policy that will maintain the balance between simultaneously satisfying energy needs and conserving resources, protecting the environment, and preserving a balanced economy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Based a talk given at the ASME 20th Annual International Gas Turbine Conference, 3 March 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • McCormack, M
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Accession Number: 00097219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM