Marlon Baker, Jamey Horner, and Gregory Scroggins
May 25, 2015
Carter’s Domestic and International Policies
James Earl Carter, better known as President Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States of America. He was born October 1, 1924. He was born and raised in Plains, Georgia. He served as President from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. He was a President that was well known for his policies such as the Panama Canal peace treaties, the Camp David Accords and the Treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel. He had plenty of more treaties that were very important. Jimmy Carter was the type of President that was for people, not just the people in the United States but all around the world. Mr. Carter was all for human rights. You will be reading questions and summaries of President Carter.
Why the energy policy? The import of oil has risen to 65 percent in a year’s times by 1973, and in 1976 the country was using about 25 percent of OPEC products. America was wasting energy, about 2.3 times for a country in the European Economic Community. President Carter wanted to find a way to decrease the dependence of energy for the country.
How did the energy policy get passed? President Carter had the congress pass a bill called, the Emergency Gas Act. It would have the government to help with the natural gas in harness the usage of energy used in the United States. The president formed a new department created to find ways to use energy that would be cost efficient for the country to save money on.
In what ways did Carters energy policy affect the people? Carter's proposals did not have enough support from the everyday people to beat the opposition from the interests though. In fact, most people were upset about his energy package. By telling the people to conserve rather than developing new resources for the people, with this program Americans were told to change their lifestyle, and most did not want to do that. Most people did not even believe there was an energy problem and they viewed it was not as serious as the president was telling them. Carter's ability to shape public opinion on this issue suffered, and he found he could not rally enough public support to attack the the big oil companies. The people also did not like the extra taxes. Without the support of the people the legislation did pass but was not exactly as Carter would have wanted.
What is another way of looking at Carters view on the energy policy? While President Carter's call for a comprehensive energy policy at the federal level demonstrates a real understanding of the seriousness of the energy crisis. It has resulted in an escalating rate of energy consumption being felt today by higher prices and chronic shortages of oil. While there is much to commend the President's energy proposals on there is one overall deficiency in his package. The President's advisers have completely ignored the supply side of the equation. In presenting his energy program, President Carter made it clear that he will attempt to solve the energy problems by government regulations rather than doing it through market forces. By doing this the people felt they were trying to be controlled and it upset them. This also led to unemployment for some of the oil workers and inflation also rose. Without the support of the people the program would not work.
Why the human rights policy? President Carter wanted to have peace with the people in foreign countries. In developing freedom among humans in different cultures would benefit each person in protecting them from dictatorship of their countries. In developing peace among America’s allies, the president believes this would help communication in trading with them.
How would the human rights policy be affective for the people? The president wanted to believe in the policy would keep the countries accountable for their actions. It would