Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Shorpy Followup - Fuel

Think our current fight to reduce fossil fuels is a late twentieth century creation?  From Shorpy, here’s a post on the Fuel Administration circa 1919.

According to a comment on the post and Wikipedia, the Fuel Administration was a government response to a major shortage of coal in the weaning years of WWI.  The organization had broad powers to regulate prices and distribution of coal.  Garfield was appointed by Wilson to head the agency.  Beyond regulating demand, its most famous legacy is Daylight Savings Time.


I wonder given the current Tea Party context how popular a similar organization would be for conserving oil?  Even Progressives might find the concept difficult.  It speaks to how conservative the nation has shifted.

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