A moralist’s energy transition: from security to climate

04/17/2014
From a master of high-minded muddle-headedness on energy comes, well, more high-minded muddle-headedness on energy. Former President Jimmy Carter famously elevated energy policy to “the moral equivalent of war” in a 1977 speech in which he warned, “The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly.” Motivated by concern about security after the Arab oil embargo of 1973-74, his rhetoric shivered with the apocalyptic urgency now typical of climate-change activism. That, the former president apparently can’t resist. With nine other recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, Carter signed a letter, published in a Politico advertisement Apr. 16, trying to shame Presi...
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