Reagan's Lopsided Energy R&D Policy: Peril to U.S. Security?

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 1, Pg. 56-67

Document Type: Feature article


The Reagan Administration has made (or proposed) some major shifts in the country's energy policy. It believes the federal energy research and development program should be focused mainly on long-term, high-risk, high payoff projects. Consequently, in the President's proposed budget for 1983, about 89% of the budget goes to development of the breeder reactor and fusion. Critics point out these technologies won't be needed until the latter decades of the 21st century; and that meanwhile the Administration is neglecting—and even completely eliminating from DOE's R&D program—near and mid-term projects that could greatly reduce the dependence of the U.S. and its allies on imported fuels from biomass, and greatly improved efficiency of existing autos. These and other current energy-policy issues are discussed in-depth in this article.

Subject Headings: Security | Research and development | Budgets | Energy efficiency | Biomass | Federal government | Risk management

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