Thirty years ago this week, President Carter addressed the nation about America's energy crisis, warning that the country faced "a crisis of confidence." At the time, political unrest in Iran had reduced world oil supplies, hiked oil prices and resulted in long lines at the gas pumps in many U.S. cities. In his televised speech, Carter argued that the country's "intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation."
Carter launched a campaign to dramatically cut oil imports, develop domestic alternative fuels, expand solar power and initiate an aggressive energy conservation program. He also called for greater development of U.S. oil resources.
Does that sound familiar? Has anything changed? Are the Obama administration and Congress on the right track to solving these energy problems, or are we destined to continue to relive them?