Meeting energy needs


  • Philip H. Abelson


The Arabs performed a great service for the American people by demonstrating that there are limits to the availability of oil. But now with the end of the embargo, the advent of spring, and more gasoline, many people are resuming their wasteful habits. Some recent opinion polls that have been published in Science [Murray et al., 1974] show that the public does not understand the seriousness of our energy problems and that it believes they will be solved in a few years. The fact is that with our present rate of motion we could find ourselves enduring uncertainties of supply, inflation, and economic dislocations for a decade or more.