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Solar Power: Fiddling While the Earth Burns. By David William Pear

The U.S.A. has no limit on the amount of money, treasure, lives, and inalienable rights it is willing to sacrifice against Terrorism. It justifies it by saying that it is necessary to keep the American people safe. There is little proof that it does.

An American today, and into the far future, is much more likely to suffer from human-caused climate change than any terrorist attack. What is more is that the military knows that climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism and ISIS/ISIL.

But the response is to put off corrective action to far into the future, minimize a response, debate the seriousness, deny its cause and fiddle while the Earth literally burns.

The U.S.A. has done little but wringing its hands about the problems with fossil fuel, even before climate change became a known major threat. For half a century the response to the need for alternative energy has been to procrastinate. President after president have come and gone.

On April 18th, 1977 President Jimmy Carter made a formal address to the nation on energy. [ Watch it here.]

Carter warned of a world that he said was simply running out of oil. The growing demand was more than new supplies from discoveries, he said. He said that imported oil, especially from the Middle East, had proved to be too unreliable.

Earlier, under President Richard Nixon, the Arab countries had led an oil embargo by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) against the U.S. The U.S. had angered the Arab member countries by backing Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Oil prices skyrocket 400% because of the oil embargo. Oil jumped from $3 per barrel to $12 per barrel. Shortages of gasoline caused rationing and long lines at the gas pumps. The sudden jump in oil prices led to hyperinflation. The public was outraged and frightened.

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