With the focus on the need to generate more power for car, home, office, and industrial consumption, little has been said about the effect on the environment. At present rates of energy demand, possible environmental effects are severe depletion, or even exhaustion, of domestic fuel supplies in 40 to 50 years, unacceptable concentrations of radioactive and other waste materials, and massive desecration of the American landscape. This report examines this issue, with emphasis on the role to be played by energy conservation on a nationwide basis. It is a panel report sponsored by the National Science Foundation and first prepared as part of a larger report compiled for the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee in support of the National Fuels and Energy Policy Study.
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