That 1970's Energy Narrative

That 1970's Energy Narrative

Posted in the Natural Gas Forum

Tom Shepstone

Kingston, PA

#1 Sep 22, 2012
Ever since the early 1970’s the public has assumed the U.S. is running out of domestic sources of energy. The OPEC oil crisis of 1973 reinforced this idea as people waited in long lines to buy gasoline at skyrocketing prices. Much of the current opposition to natural gas development stems from the persistent narrative that energy is scarce and all fossil fuels are bad for the environment.

These ideas have been repeated so many times they have become unquestioned articles of faith in many segments of our society. Reports fitting this old familiar story line often seem more credible than those that don’t. But, the energy facts have changed and the all-too-familiar 1970’s energy narrative is now as badly out of date as those flared white trousers John Travolta wore in Saturday Night Fever.

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