"Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war" -- except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy."January 23, 1980
Carter announces the "Carter Doctrine" in his State of the Union address, asserting that threats to the Persian Gulf region will be viewed as "an assault of the vital interests of the United States."
April 18, 1977
In an address to the nation, Carter calls his program of energy conservation the "moral equivalent of war."
He was talking about conservation & Moving away from oil.