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Old 07-18-2008, 12:07 AM   #1
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Jimmy Carter WAS right!

I realize that bashing Jimmy Carter is something of a favorite sport for many people in our country. But when it comes to energy conservation and the dismal situation we now find ourselves in regarding foreign oil dependence, and a withering auto industry, Carter's diagnosis and solutions would have largely spared us the pain we're all now feeling.

Last night, NPR's "Marketplace" ran a few excerpts of Carter's famous "Crisis of Confidence" speech (watch the entire speech here) , and it was striking to realize that if we'd simply followed the former president's 1979 energy blueprint, we'd not be in our current mess. Among the goals Carter laid out that night were:

--Never use more foreign oil than that which we ourselves produce.

--Start massive government investment to develop alternative sources of fuel.

--Mandate that utility companies cut their use of oil by 50%, and switch to alternative fuels.

--Give $10 billion to strengthen the nation's public transportation system.

--Drastically raise CAFE standards for US automakers.

The speech called on Americans to buy energy bonds, so as to take direct ownership in America's energy policy. It advocated personal sacrifice coupled with government action, all of which was ditched by Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, in favor of the unfettered, free-market approach. That attitude has continued to persist, and was evident in President Bush's address yesterday in which he refused to prod the country into even attempting to conserve.

To Bush-once an oil man, always an oil man-the only solution is more drilling. Unfortunately, even if we hit a gusher on the first try, more domestically produced oil won't have an effect on current gas prices for may years to come. So here we are, grasping for short-term solutions to problems that always required long-range thinking.

It's too bad the country didn't follow through with Carter's plan. But his words still ring true, as this line from the speech:


"Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense-I tell you it is an act of patriotism."


For further reading on why we should have gone with Carter's energy plan, try the following articles from:

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Joseph Wheelan

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Miami Herald
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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We've done it to ourselves. No one has stood up and demanded companies to shape up and rely on better sources of energy. And the Bush administration has only made it worse. I've never liked any of his ideals, and it is because of him that we are in the economic situation we are in, and also our current stance in the Middle East. 1,000s of soldiers are stop-lossed and sent back to Iraq to serve in the war, and it's all because we decided to mettle in other people's business. I bet McCain could finish the war faster than Bush could mumble out his weekly radio address. It's totally in the toilet, and we are all to blame.

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HANG EM ALL! Time for a lynchin LOL
LOL UR SO FUNNY!!!!

Jimmy Carter was a good prez, doesn't he build houses for the poor? Also I remember some documentary on T.V, where no one knew who he was for a while.
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Hmm...
I never heard of this.
Makes me hate Ronald Reagan a little bit more than I used to.

Jimmy Carter was really ahead of the curve...
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Hmm...
I never heard of this.
Makes me hate Ronald Reagan a little bit more than I used to.

Jimmy Carter was really ahead of the curve...
Reagan did alot of good things for this country and the world...

I never really cared for Carter. He was a weak president on alot of issues.
Every president is trying to not depend on foriegn conties oil. Thats why we must drill for our own.
As well as using alturnitive fuel, something which BOTH current canidates agree on. (although Obama didnt want drilling at first, but changed his mind after around 70% of Americans agree that drilling is one way to get off foriegn oil.)
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Was Carter labeled weak because he didnt agree with the illuminati groups? Carter betrayed them and he suffered because of he was against the NWO.
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........he suffered because of he was against the NWO.
LOL. So he didn't like Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and the rest of the outlawed WCW superstars?

But, seriously.....
This is striking, WOW.

Who knew that ol' Jimmy cracked corn Carter,
had so much wisdom in him to know the difference of
what is to be and what will be?

He obviously was ignored by the power's that be,
in his conservation plan.

Al Gore can't touch this (forgive the MC Hammer pun).

What if we had followed, and enacted his radical reforms?

Wouldn't we all not be in the mess we are in now?

Maybe, or maybe not.

The matter of fact is,
what's been done has been done.

No need to dwell on the past propositions, or agendas that
could not be implemented in the world of today.

Now, Marvman is not saying that these set of reforms
cannot be used now...but they are almost illogical in
today's world to fathom. Too late to change, per say.
Too late to save?

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Reagan did alot of good things for this country and the world...

I never really cared for Carter. He was a weak president on alot of issues.
Every president is trying to not depend on foriegn conties oil. Thats why we must drill for our own.
As well as using alturnitive fuel, something which BOTH current canidates agree on. (although Obama didnt want drilling at first, but changed his mind after around 70% of Americans agree that drilling is one way to get off foriegn oil.)
I'm sorry.
I forgot about Reagan's great successes like trickle-down economics and the War on Drugs.

BTW, how old are you that you remember Jimmy Carter's presidency?
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