My Generation

May/June 2009
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 06, 2009
Energy production, its use and conservation, has been at the forefront of issues facing my generation, which came of age during the 1970s. Oil embargoes and rationed gas lines are my memories during that period. I come from New England, where oil heat predominates. Storm windows went up, water heaters were wrapped, attic insulation installed, and thermostats set low. We wore sweaters to bed. During the 1970s, energy independence became the buzzword. Oil became a geopolitical tool that influenced international affairs, while the growing number of nuclear power plants threatened to divide a country sorely in need of healing. A national problem needed a national solution. In response, Congress enacted energy legislation, and President Carter formed DOE, combining functions from across a myriad of agencies and departments, and awarding the new department cabinet status. Energy independence was our goal. DAVID LEE is the director for EPA’s Residential Branch, overseeing the Energy Star New and Existing Homes programs. Prior to working in the Energy Star program, David was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals at EPA. Over his career, he has worked in several policy offices within EPA ...

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