MAR 04, 1991
Whereas: excessive world wide energy consumption is contributing to global warming which will seriously change our environment, including increasing the frequency and severity of storms, droughts, and other climatic changes, a comprehensive policy must be implemented which can minimize and reverse the effects of excessive energy consumption.
Now therefore, in order to preserve our high quality of life while reducing the impact of its energy cost on the environment, the following policy is hereby established.
It shall be the policy of the United States of America to facilitate the reduction of the long term and immediate costs of energy it all areas of American life. To this end the following priority of choices shall be placed in effect.
It shall be the policy of the United States that the following priority order be operative in any decisions which affect the consumption and use of energy.
Priority I: Efficiency and conservation.
- Increase the efficiency of any process from beginning to end. We must improve the efficiency of energy consumption so that we obtain the same qualitative benefit while using less energy. Efficiency shall be increased though:
- Improved automobile mileage.
- Improved building insulation.
- Improved lighting.
- Recycling in all manufacturing processes.
- Reduce waste by eliminating unnecessary consumption. The byproducts of one process must be the raw-materials for other processes. NOTHING can be "thrown away" -- there is no "away" in "throw away".
- Reduce and eliminate packaging.
- Reduce and eliminate waste products.
- Identify recycle classes on all products.
- Switch to products the byproducts of the production of which can be used.
- Mandate automotive oil purification systems to eliminate waste oil.
- Overcome and eliminate the "throw it away" mentality in favor of a "fix it" mentality.
- Encourage re-use of salvageable items. "Donate it" not "Discard it"
- Design products from the ground up with maintenance in mind.
Priority II: Renewable sources.
Renewable sources do not add to the burden of CO2 in the atmosphere. Give priority and encouragement to the development of any energy sources which can fit into a continuous cycle of materials.
- Compost derived fuels.
- Vegetation derived fuels. The similarity of these to fossil fuels can ease the transition to renewable sources.
- Water power.
- Solar power.
- Wind power.
- Geo-thermal power.
- Wave action power.
Priority III: Nuclear. -- To date most nuclear power sites are huge, "one of a kind" design and constructions. Use the model of the Naval Nuclear Reactor production facilities to develop a smaller sized "standardized" nuclear power unit. Great cost savings can be realized by concentrating on the development of an efficient, safe, repeatable design. These units could even be semi-portable to allow installation and removal of the entire power plant to a central production and maintenance facility with adequate specialized radiation safeguards.
Priority IV. Oil and Coal. -- Reduce and eliminate the use of these materials for consumable purposes. Incorporating them only into products with extremely long lives prevents the carbon from entering the atmosphere.
In all government procurement these policies shall be phased in for all new products and services with the writing of any new contracts. These policies shall be phased in for the replacement of products and services whenever contracts are re-bid. Long standing renewable contracts shall be phased in without delay.
The United States should set a specific goal for becoming energy independent of other nations. Local and regional energy independence is to be encouraged to the maximum extent practicable.