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Hackamack, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Carroll), 1921-

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M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration)

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Department of Management


Power resources--United States


Recently, a growing concern by the public, industry and government that the United States might experience difficulties in meeting its future energy demands has been evidenced. Obviously, shortages of energy to any great extent could seriously cripple the U. S. The problem of an energy crisis is two-fold: First, U. S. energy requirements will double between now and 1985. During this time span 95% of the energy will be supplied by oil, gas, coal and nuclear power. However, if present trends continue, supply will not meet demand. Second, the U. S. is rapidly exhausting its present energy resources which consist primarily of nonrenewable fossil fuels. The United States must develop renewable energy sources and learn to use existing nonrenewables more efficiently. The problem was investigated, for purposes of this study, through extensive library research to establish background, depict the nature of the crisis and to investigate alternative energy sources. A survey by questionnaire was taken to obtain an indication of public awareness. This thesis arrives at four basic recommendations. First, the U. S. should develop a national energy policy and establish a cabinet-level board powerful enough to implement policy. Second, a national program should be initiated to reduce waste in the consumption of energy. Third, ecological restraints should be modified to prevent unfair delays in resource usage and development. Fourth, research and development should begin immediately on a large scale to obtain an adequate "energy mix" for the future.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [87]-89)


89 pages




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