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A New Energy Program

Yanek Mieczkowski

in Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123493
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.003.0014
A New Energy Program

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This chapter examines former U.S. President Gerald Ford's program to address the energy crisis. It discusses Ford's appointment of Frank Zarb as the first administrator of the newly created Federal Energy Agency (FEA) and explains the formidable obstacles that were blocking Ford's efforts to develop an energy program. Ford's major proposal was new energy taxes which meant that consumers would pay higher prices for petroleum-based energy of all forms, not just gasoline. He believed that dealing with the energy problems would restore business and consumer confidence and help to end the recession.

Keywords: Gerald Ford; energy crisis; Frank Zarb; FEA; energy program; energy taxes; business confidence; consumer confidence; recession

Chapter.  5583 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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