An Evaluation of the National Energy Plan

EMD-77-48: Published: Jul 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1977.

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The President's National Energy Plan combines proposed legislative, administrative, and budgetary actions aimed at solving the Nation's energy problems. This plan is an important first step toward developing a national energy policy.

Prompt passage of effective legislation is essential if the country is to deal with energy problems in the remainder of this century. The plan proposed by the administration is not designed to achieve many of the stated goals without unspecified voluntary actions or, if necessary, further mandatory conservation actions. The plan will probably fall short of meeting some of the goals, such as reduction of oil imports, to an even greater extent than the administration estimates. Projections for coal production and nuclear energy levels to be achieved by 1985 appear to be unrealistic.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Energy Committees of the Congress, in cooperation with the administration and others who are knowledgeable in energy forecasting, should work from a 1985 forecast that is as accurate as possible. Congress should adopt a set of national energy goals, establish milestones upon which to judge progress toward meeting the goals, and adopt an energy program which is designed to meet the goals. A set of standby initiatives, many of which will have to be mandatory in nature, should also be drawn up for quick implementation in the event that the milestones indicate that satisfactory progress is not being made.


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