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Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s$
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Yanek Mieczkowski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123493

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.001.0001

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A New Energy Program

A New Energy Program

(p.215) Chapter 13 A New Energy Program
Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Yanek Mieczkowski

University Press of Kentucky

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

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