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George vs. Jimmy on Energy

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/george-vs-jimmy-energy/

The image of George W. Bush asking Americans to save oil by driving less brings to mind another image, that of Jimmy Carter wearing a cardigan sweater and asking Americans to save oil by turning down our thermostats. This column by my colleague David Morris encourages readers to understand the similarities and the differences of the two approaches.

Morris shows that President Carter was indeed asking for individual sacrifice; but as a small part of an aggressive, national campaign. On the flip side, President Bush is asking for individual sacrifice instead of an aggressive campaign.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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