Why was Energy Department created and the purpose it serves today?
Why is Energy Dept. created and whats the purpose it serves today/ i don't get it.
- EntropyLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
In the 70s, a couple factors combined to create an energy crisis. The best known of these is the OPEC embargo, but windfall taxes that removed the incentive for companies to increase capacity to keep pace with rising demand, price controls, and other bad policies helped as well.
The Energy Dept. was founded in reaction to that crisis to create a coherent national strategy to ensure that the country had a domestic supply of energy that was critical to it's economic and security functions.
In all this time, the DOE has yet to create such a national strategy. Instead, it creates a patchwork of self-contradictory intiatives that get re-jiggered with each new administration. It is a colossal waste of money for the most part, though some of it's sub-agencies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are obviously very necessary. The NRC in fact deserves a bit of a shout-out for redesigning itself in the 00s to dramatically reduce the overhead costs it placed on proposed nuclear facilities without sacrificing safety in any way. A rare case of govt working well.
Because the DOE has had SO little positive impact, and cost so much, many fiscal conservatives have proposed ending it, but the lobbyists for green energy and fossil fuels alike love the DOE and it's pork-a-thon, so they have been able to keep it around so far.
- Anonymous8 years ago
The Department of Energy was created back in 1979 at the urging of President Jimmy Carter. He was convinced that he could formulate a National Energy Policy, and of course, he needed a Department of Energy to administer it. Well, we never did get the coherent energy policy, but we still have the bureaucracy.
- markLv 78 years ago
There is an electrical grid in the nation that controls distribution of the hundreds of private power companies throughout the states. They control moving power to places that need it from places that have excess. They protect the power, Control the strategic oil reserves. They regulate and inspect nuclear power. They set regulations to control potential problems (like oil spills)