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The Moral Equivalent of War: A Short-Term Program for Energy Security

Amidst devastating oil shocks, President Carter first warned the nation of the impending energy catastrophe facing the United States. More than three decades later, relative inaction by policy-makers has only exacerbated this insecurity.


While every American president in modern history has articulated the need for an alternative energy agenda, modest policies by policy-makers have done little to remedy this insecurity. Moreover, global demographic and economic trends promise even greater future stress on finite resources and greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, bipolarity in Washington has mostly derailed climate and energy legislation. The inability by America’s leaders to induce innovation as well as break America’s dependence on fossil fuels endangers global economic and political stability.

Embracing the urgency of the issue, the Defense and Diplomacy Center of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network has initiated The Moral Equivalent of War project. The intent of the program is to break the stalemate in Washington and deliver a series of short-term, politically moderate policies. The policies will be designed to immediately attenuate the energy and environmental threats facing the United States, and to promote future political action.
More specifically, the project will:

  • Define the energy and environmental predicaments endemic to the United States;
  • Identify specific international trends aggravated by American energy insecurity;
  • Propose several short-term, moderate recommendations.

In addition to presenting the research done with the project at the Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Conference in Washington, DC on March 26-27, 2011, you can get your work published in a namesake journal sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network. Submission information is attached below.

If you are interested in assisting our efforts, contact Chris Scanzoni (


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