“Americans, who hate to be told they must change, roundly condemned Carter’s memorable “Crisis of Confidence” speech of July 15, 1979. In it, Carter outlined a program for achieving energy independence: ‘On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.’””Carter had a whole list of proposals that if enacted would have averted not only our current energy 'crisis' but also have forced the Big 3 automakers on to much more stable ground, and actually Internationally competitive.
He continues, “It turns out that Carter was right after all. He was right in seeking to raise the fleet auto mileage standard to 48 miles per gallon by 1995. (Even U.S. automakers admitted at the time that they could easily achieve 30 mpg by 1985.) Carter was right in exhorting Americans to turn down their thermostats, even if he did look nerdy in a cardigan while urging us to do so.
(HT to Jackie who forwarded the link)