The Moral Equivalent of War: Energy Rhetoric during the Carter Years

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Title: The Moral Equivalent of War: Energy Rhetoric during the Carter Years
Author: Honeycutt, Lee ; Brown, Marilyn A.
Abstract: Many people attribute the failure of Jimmy Carter's forward-looking 1977 national energy plan to opposition from entrenched corporate powers, but the plan's fate also relates to the changing role of rhetoric in the American presidency. From his early fireside chat on energy to the "moral malaise" speech late in his term, Carter seemed unable to reconcile traditional policy tasks with the rising importance of the bully pulpit in shaping public opinion. In this talk, Lee Honeycutt shows how rhetorical lessons from the Carter years provide insight into how the new administration might craft its rhetoric on future energy policy. Includes a response from GT School of Public Policy Professor Marilyn Brown.
Description: Presented on Jan 22, 2009 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm at the Clary Theater, Student Success Center, Georgia Tech Campus. Runtime: 43:01 minutes
Type: Lecture
Date: 2009-01-22
Contributor: Iowa State University
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Energy
Jimmy Carter
Barack Obama

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