James Woolsey on Carter vs. McCain

James Woolsey is an energy advisor for John McCain.

Woolsey served as Jimmy Carter’s Undersecretary of the Navy.

I asked Woolsey what the difference was between Carter’s energy administration and McCain’s proposed energy administration.

According to Wikipedia, “In July 1979, President Jimmy Carter outlined his plans to reduce oil imports and improve energy efficiency in his “Crisis of Confidence” speech.

[9] During the speech, Carter wore a cardigan and encouraged citizens to do what they could to reduce their use of energy. He also installed solar power panels on the roof of the White House and a wood-burning stove in the living quarters. Howe’ver, the panels were removed in August 1986 during the administration of his successor, Ronald Reagan, after a leak and were never replaced.

Carter’s fire-side speech argued the oil crisis was “the moral equivalent of war”. Several months later, in January 1980, Carter issued the Carter Doctrine, which declared that any interference with U.S. oil interests in the Persian Gulf would be considered an attack on the vital interests of the United States.[10]Additionally, as part of his administration’s efforts at deregulation, proposed removing price controls that had been imposed in the administration of Richard Nixon during the 1973 crisis. Carter agreed to remove price controls in phases; they were finally dismantled in 1981 under Reagan. [11]

In 1980, the U.S. Government established the Synthetic Fuels Corporation to produce an alternative to imported fossil fuels.”

Mr. R. James Woolsey is a Venture Partner and Senior Advisor with VantagePoint Venture Partners, Clean Tech, of San Bruno, California.

Mr. Woolsey is currently an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Woolsey chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group; is a Senior Executive Advisor to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton; and is of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. Woolsey’s area of expertise is in alternative energy and security issues.

Woolsey has served four times in the federal government for a total of 12 years, holding Presidential appointments in two Democratic and two Republican administrations. He served as Director of Central Intelligence (1993-95), Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty in Vienna (1989-91), Delegate at Large (on a part-time basis) to the Strategic Arms Reductions Talks (START) and the Defense and Space Talks in Geneva (1983-86), Under Secretary of the Navy (1977-79), and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate committee on Armed Services (1970-73). He was also an attorney with Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., specializing in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation) He received an AB from Stanford University, MA from Oxford University “ where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and LLB from Yale Law School.

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