Summary: US ENERGY TRANSITION:
ON GETTING FROM
HERE TO THERE
President Bush's recently released National Energy Strategy suggests
that the US can meet its future energy needs without pain or tears.
Other studies argue that the country can only avoid dysfunction
by creating an energy program that is less dependent on foreign
supplies and meets three broad, overarching national goals:
economic vitality, environmental quality and strategic security.
John H. Gibbons and Peter D. Blair
Uncommon events like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant meltdown and the
Persian Gulf war as well as such unremitting problems as
global climate change and the balance-of-payments deficit
point up the urgency of dealing with the nation's energy is-
sues. Congress is now deliberating President Bush's
National Energy Strategy. The topic is hardly a new one.
In fact, in the words of that immortal American philos-
opher Yogi Berra, "It's deja vu all over again."
The Bush strategy was issued on 20 February, after a