an acute insufficiency
It's clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper—deeper than gasoline lines or energy
shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession.
an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
"Mr. President, we are confronted with a moral and a spiritual
something that is a source of danger
I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental
threat to American democracy.
a state of hopefulness that events will be favorable
It is a crisis of
confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will.
the state of being unsure of something
We can see this crisis in the growing
doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.
a gradual decline of something
erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.
gradual improvement or growth or development
We've always believed in something called
progress. We've always had a faith that the days of our children would be better than our own.
complete confidence in a person or plan, etc.
Our people are losing that
faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy.
the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs
In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and
the quality of yielding positive results
productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
These changes did not happen overnight. They've come upon us gradually over the last generation, years that were filled with shocks and
the state of relying on someone or something else
We believed that our nation's resources were limitless until 1973, when we had to face a growing
dependence on foreign oil.
remote and separate physically or socially
Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal government and found it
isolated from the mainstream of our nation's life.
a state of inactivity
Often you see paralysis and
stagnation and drift.
the property of being physically or mentally powerful
We know the
strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars, and who carved out a new charter of peace for the world.
the quality of being fused into one
And we are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process rebuild the
unity and confidence of America.
the disintegration of social norms governing behavior
One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to
fragmentation and self-interest.
belonging to or participated in by the people as a whole
All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of
common purpose and the restoration of American values.
a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common
beyond normal limits
excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people.
incapable of being put up with
intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation. The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation.
careful management of the environment and natural resources
From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own
serving or used in place of another
To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation's history to develop America's own
alternative sources of fuel—from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.
make ready for action or use
Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we
mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war.
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
We will protect our environment. But when this nation critically needs a refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.
a substance that can be consumed to produce energy
And I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save
love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense—I tell you it is an act of
any source of usable power
So, the solution of our
energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country.
a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
We have the natural
resources. We have more oil in our shale alone than several Saudi Arabias. We have more coal than any nation on Earth.
the practical application of science to commerce or industry
We have the world's highest level of
being like nothing done or experienced or created before
We have the most skilled work force, with
innovative genius, and I firmly believe that we have the national will to win this war.
use of physical or mental energy; hard work
I do not promise a quick way out of our nation's problems, when the truth is that the only way out is an all-out
having knowledge of
Just as the search for solutions to our energy shortages has now led us to a new
awareness of our Nation's deeper problems, so our willingness to work for those solutions in energy can strengthen us to attack those deeper problems.
incapable of being entirely consumed or used up
I have seen the strength of America in the
inexhaustible resources of our people.
a spiritual enlightenment causing personal change
Let us commit ourselves together to a
rebirth of the American spirit.