America's Energy Future—A Primer and Discussion of Options

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 9, Pg. 104-110

Document Type: Feature article


When the first OPEC crisis of 1973 hit, the U.S. was importing 25% of her oil — now it is 50%. ASCE leadership, concluding that U.S. energy policy is weak, has undertaken a program designed, by working through Sections and members, to improve public communication on energy, and thus hopefully to spark a public groundswell, a demand for action. Examples of types of actions felt to be needed: The nation's reserves of oil and gas are declining fast, but moves to conserve them, and to switch to alternate fuels such as coal and nuclear, are foundering. So ASCE plans various actions, including a series of articles in CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE which share the title of this article. This is the first in the series, tells the history of America's long love affair with energy, tells the genesis of this ASCE Energy Action Program, outlines forthcoming articles, gives hints on fostering public dialog.

Subject Headings: Public policy | Leadership | Sustainable development | Fuels | History

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