THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS MAYOR MITCH ROTH MAKING ONE OF THE FEW CALLS NATIONWIDE FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION, AS PRICES SOAR. The Friday story is entitled
Nations Should Conserve Fuel as Global Energy Crisis Looms, Agency Warns.
Reporters Catrin Einhorn and Lisa Friedman write, "In the United States, one of the few calls for
|Mayor Mitch Roth made The New York|
Times today with his call for conservation
of energy. Photo from County of Hawai'i
asking his community to use less oil and gas."
The story quotes Hawai'i County's mayor saying, “We’re not mandating anything, but for the betterment of your checkbook, for the betterment of our community, for the betterment of our country and for the betterment of our world, it makes a lot of sense.” Hawai'i County is also offering free public bus transportation.
According to The New York Times story, most other policy makers are asking for increased production of oil, rather than conservation. The story points to the International Energy Agency, formed during the 1973 energy crisis to help keep the worldwide energy market stable. It quotes IEA's Executive Director Fatih Birol, saying "Reducing demand is a way of addressing the situation without just pumping more oil.
The NYT writers report the message to conserve "has largely been absent from the conversation in the United States, the world's largest oil producer, where fossil fuel companies are earning healthy profits and the response to to elevated gasoline prices has been calls for more production."
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