Development and Physical Resource Utilization
Since I am a journalist I tend to react to things fairly quickly, and one of the things that has struck me so far about this conference is its sense of gloom. Maybe that is appropriate, but I would have thought that the element of optimism in most of us would tend to counteract gloom. Take for example this morning’s delightful news that President Nixon has discovered that there may be an energy crisis. We have been telling him this for the best part of ten years. Now it’s official! Behind the scenes presumably, in the United States, a great deal of work has gone on to find a way out. One thing that many of us feared was that as soon as the President discovered that there was possibly an energy crisis, there would be a permitted deterioration in environmental standards. Solving the energy crisis comes before everything else. This, of course, is already happening. The very stringent air quality legislation which is not yet even effective in the United States, seems likely to be thrust aside in the interests of using coal instead of natural gas. Such a hasty rejection of recently and hard-won standards shows us that energy is really one of the most important of resources, and I am going to talk about it a little bit more later on.
KeywordsSmall State Green Revolution Multinational Company Energy Crisis Human Ecology
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