In the summer 1979, Dissent printed several articles on the energy problem, from various points of view. Below appears another article, in line with our policy of providing a forum for a range opinions, within the spectrum of socialist and liberal thought, regarding major problems.— EDS.
The energy crisis of the ’70s may better be understood as two related social and technological collisions: a crisis of supply and demand, in which the ever-growing demand for oil exceeds the natural endowments of the earth, and a crisis of accountability created by the unchecked power of private energy corporations. These two collisions are linked by their political context. The political will necessary to match supply and demand is not going to be forthcoming in the absence of a popular movement to take control of energy away from the corporate elite…
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