Traditionally neglected in favor of developing new sources of energy, conservation has for years been considered the province of environmentalists, eco-nuts, and Hearth people." But thanks to recent efforts of some leaders in government and industry, energy conservation is beginning to receive some long overdue attention. This article explains why a conservation - oriented approach is no longer a desirable option but an overriding necessity if the United States ever expects to find a lasting solution to its energy problems. In many respects the energy crisis is like the common cold. Depending on whom you listen to, you'll get a different idea about its ultimate cure. A petroleum engineer might say our first priority ought to be the development of more fossil fuel reserves. An official from the Energy Research and Development Agency might extol the virtues of breeder reactors.
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