Energy Crisis Revisited: Conference Highlights Roles of Marketplace and Government

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 12, Pg. 32-35

Document Type: Feature article


At a recent conference on energy conservation co-sponsored by ASCE's Minnesota Section and the University of Minnesota, three speakers presented divergent views on the role of the marketplace in solving the world's energy problems. William Tucker, a freelance writer who writes about energy and the environment, suggested that the removal of price controls on oil has essentially solved the energy crisis. Ellis Armstrong, chairman of ASCE's Energy Policy Committee, argued that within the next 10-15 years oil demand will begin to exceed the supply and that government leadership on an international scale is necessary to prepare for future energy needs. Bruce Anderson, editor of Solar Age Magazine, contended that the best way to prepare to cut our dependence on oil is through an agressive government-supported program of conservation and development of renewable resources. The article summarizes the presentations of each speaker and includes a box on an innovative solar home discussed at the conference.

Subject Headings: Government | Solar power | Energy efficiency | Colleges and universities | Pricing | Public policy | Leadership | Innovation

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