Energy and Environment: A Conflict of Out Times October 26, 1980

Daniel Yergin vs. Barry Commoner, October 26, 1980

Commoner: Our growing dependence on foreign oil is because of actions taken by the oil companies in their own self-interest. Oil companies should be turned into public utilities. People, not company profits, should run

Yergin: Although oil companies do make large profits, attacking them diverts attention from the real cause of the energy crisis- the political and economic implications of the world’s limited oil supply. The United Sates could use 30-40% less energy without sacrificing its present standard of living. Energy conservation is an issue of survival.”

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