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Energy - Critical Choices Ahead

Texas Forest Service

Sound | c. 1970s

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  •  Mid-Eastern Oil Embargo of 1973 
  •  Oil as an Energy Source 
  •  Flowchart of US Energy Consumption in 1960 
  •  How the US Lost Energy Independence 
  •  Looking Into the Future of Energy Consumption 
  •  "Meeting the Energy Challenge" 
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Produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Energy Programs, this film aims to instill in the public a fundamental understanding of America's energy sources in the 1960s and 70s. The film argues that an educated public and continued energy independence will ideally prevent another energy crisis, like that in the early 1970s, from happening again. Four main sources of energy in the 1970's are outlined in the film: oil, coal, natural gas, and hydroelectric power. Alternative sources of energy, such as nuclear and solar power, are also discussed as being necessary in order for the United States to maintain energy independence into the future. An interesting film to see, since the future it discusses is now!

Established as a result of the organization of the Texas Forest Association in 1914 and the forestry law passed by the Texas legislature in 1915 the Texas Forest Service is directed by a state forester appointed by the board of directors of Texas A&M College. When it was founded, the objectives of the Texas Forest Service were to persuade and aid private owners of forest land in practicing forestry and converting submarginal agricultural lands to productive forests; to protect private forest lands against forest wildfires, insects, and disease; to inform the public of the contribution that forests, a renewable natural resource, make to the economy of the state; to educate Texans in uses and abuses of forest products; and to assist forest products industries in developing new products and improving production techniques. Currently, the Texas Forest Service's mission focuses on providing statewide leadership to assure the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.