The Energy Crisis

  • Eric R. Crouse


This chapter explores the issue that Jimmy Carter described as America’s greatest challenge—“the moral equivalent of war.” He consulted with bureaucrats, labor leaders, environmentalists, “obsolete Keynesian economists,” and preachers, but not oil producers. It presents many stories of the energy crisis, including those of ordinary Americans who were unhappy about lowering their thermostats and waiting in long lines for gasoline. The chapter’s content points to Carter’s “malaise” speech of 1979 as part of the reason for the shifting of Americans’ politics in a conservative direction.

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  • Eric R. Crouse
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  1. 1.Tyndale University CollegeTorontoCanada

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