a general and progressive increase in prices
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.
a situation in which the state of the economy declines
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
one who believes and helps spread the doctrine of another
“Some of your Cabinet members don't seem loyal. There is not enough discipline among your
a consortium formed to limit commercial competition
“There will be other
cartels and other shortages. American wisdom and courage right now can set a path to follow in the future.”
in the nature of something though not readily apparent
These 10 days confirmed my belief in the decency and the strength and the wisdom of the American people, but it also bore out some of my long-standing concerns about our Nation's
a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a
proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July.
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 prevailing current of thought
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.
deliberately vague or ambiguous
The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.
stubbornly unwilling to give in
You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one
unyielding group or another.
a state of inactivity
Often you see paralysis and
stagnation and drift.
a document creating an institution and specifying its rights
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 disintegration of social norms governing behavior
One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to
fragmentation and self-interest.
gather or bring together
Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also be the standard around which we
value measured by what must be done to obtain something
Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous
toll on our economy and our people.
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
What I have to say to you now about energy is simple and vitally important.
a prescribed number
To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my Presidential authority to set import
requiring full use of your abilities or resources
These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even below the
ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo summit.
a meeting of heads of governments
These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even below the ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo
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.
a class of one kind of unit in a system of measures
The corporation I will issue up to $5 billion in energy bonds, and I especially want them to be in small
denominations so that average Americans can invest directly in America's energy security.
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.
firmness of purpose
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.
order by virtue of superior authority; decree
These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must
enact the windfall profits tax without delay.
a sudden happening that brings good fortune
These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the
windfall profits tax without delay.
I'm asking Congress to
mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our Nation's utility companies cut their massive use of oil by 50 percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.
urgently needed; absolutely necessary
But when this Nation critically needs a refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.
an industrial plant for purifying a crude substance
But when this Nation critically needs a
refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.
rekindle our sense of unity, our confidence in the future, and give our Nation and all of us individually a new sense of purpose.