From the December installment of Townhall Magazine's "Free Market" series:
"I'm proposing a bold conservation program to involve every state, country and city and every average American in our energy battle. This effort will permit you to build conservation into your homes and your lives at a cost you can afford. I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. To further conserve energy, I'm proposing tonight an extra 10 billion dollars over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense--I tell you it is an act of patriotism." ~President Jimmy Carter, 1977
Ever since Jimmy Carter took to the airwaves to urge us all to conserve energy in one of the most demoralizing speeches given by an American president, Americans have been ignoring the radical Left's call for "energy efficiency" in favor of a more pragmatic approach.
Americans have adopted a policy that allows consumers to pick and choose where to conserve and where to expend. That's why, despite higher gas prices, Americans still make trucks the No. 1-selling domestic auto, even though they are less "fuel-efficient."
But over the last 10 years, the Left has become slicker in their rhetoric...
Read more of John Ransom's analysis in the December issue of Townhall Magazine.