May 12th, 2009
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Former president set to testify on Capitol Hill

Carter will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Carter will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You don't see this every day. A former President of the United States will testify on Capitol Hill.

The man in the spotlight this afternoon will be former President Jimmy Carter, who is scheduled to appear before a congressional panel looking into energy security.

Carter, in office from 1977 to 1981, is no stranger when it comes to energy concerns. The long lines for gasoline during an Arab oil embargo are lasting memories of his presidency for many people.

But Carter created the Department of Energy, and, in one of his most famous speeches, he talked about the need for energy efficiency and a reduction in oil imports.

Carter pursued policies involving conservation, price controls, and the use of technology, and now, the Senate Foreign Relations committee is asking for his advice on the country's current problems. Committee Chairman

John Kerry is asking Carter to offer a "historical review" of U.S. energy security policy at a hearing looking at the security implications of U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


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  1. catmman

    Should be a short appearance.

    How long can it take for him to repeat to Americans to put on a sweater?

    May 12, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. IndepndentAmerican

    President Jimmy Carter, is one of the great diplomats our Nation has seen! Even though the CONservatives, despise him.

    The peace accord he brokered between Israel and Egypt, was brilliant! And it has been a LASTING PEACE.

    Jimmy Carter, you are a Peacemaker, God bless you!

    May 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Ryan Indianapolis

    About how big of a DISASTER he was as President? Or maybe how he has no class and criticized President Bush thru both of his terms? Or maybe his weak positions on Middle east peace??? Jimmy Carter is everthing wrong with America and have zero respect for that low life.

    May 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. ANGIE IN PA

    He May have not been the Best President But he was Right on Energry and Our oil Dependence and then big Ronnie came along and Mocked him and Tore him down and Catered to Big Oil!

    May 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Chipster

    President Carter did graduate work in nuclear physics and has likely maintained his interest in energy, especially considering the nation's energy dependence on foreign oil. Fossil fuels will be depleted in only a few decades. If we don't take this seriously and invest in renewable energy sources, our children and grandchildren will suffer for it.

    It's foolish to dismiss history, even while focusing on the future. In fact, Carter is a person who has always looked to the future, used current technology, and encouraged technological advancement. Don't be so quick to dismiss his experience or his example.

    May 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Randolph Carter

    You gotta love the revisionist history of the republicans. Read some real history, folks. The Arab oil embargo that set off the "energy crisis" and, some would argue, the economic malaise of the 70's occurred in 1973. Morons.

    As far as Iran. The Iranian revolution came about in response to the despotic regime of the Shah who was propped up by the U.S. Carter had nothing to do with putting that sleazy character in power. Look it up. Have a nice day!

    May 12, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Good Lord... let's hope he doesn't give pointers on how to run commando missions. We'll have no commandos left.

    May 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Dave

    Everyone mentioning the "current administration" and tying this to Obama needs to get educated on the most basic elements of our government. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has no affiliation with President Obama and is certainly not under his direction.

    As far as whatever your view on Carter's presidency goes, why would it bother you that a key player during a time of energy crisis is called to share thoughts with Congress? If it's just fact finding (a historical review), why do you find that so offensive? Because you're a polarized partisan, is my guess.

    The comments from "Some Guy" in Oregon were the smartest thing I've seen on a blog in some time.

    May 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Rick

    Carter was a waste back in 77 and he's still a waste now.
    He was a weak president with nominal foreign policy skills.
    His ideas for energy were pie-in-the-sky back then and out of touch with reality.
    He shoudl go back to building houses for the poor. It's the one endeavour he was really good at.

    May 12, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Jason

    If we had listened to his spiel on conservation we would not be the country we are today. Economic advancement is spurred by the consumption of energy. The more expensive/less available energy is, the slower economies grow. All this talk of reduction in oil use with no replacement ignores the giant hole in that line of talk, in that doing so will decimate the US economy, which would decimate the world's even further.

    There is currently no energy source as cheap as fossil fuels, and will not be one ready for mass consumption for years. Doing *anything* to artificially inflate the price of fossil fuels will lead to less economic growth, which in some tangent ways will make those energy sources further away (since less money will be available for research).

    May 12, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. EDR

    If libs/dems think Carter's ideas were so great, why didn't Clinton implement them when he had the chance during his own presidency?

    May 12, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Chris

    Carter wasn't a great President – had some great ideas and tried....but his refusal to play politics eventually doomed him...it's what happens when Congress won't work witht he President or vice versa (see 06-08 as well)

    However he's not the worst President in history or even the worst of the 20th Century. If you believe this you need to get your money back if you went to private school or you need to vote our your local school board if you went to public school (or do something)

    Guys like Warren G. Harding, Hoover, Hayes, Garfield – and a whole host of folks you've never heard of probably are closer to this distinction than Carter

    May 12, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. lucy

    Jimmy Carter was too honest to be a president. If America would only listen to him....America did not that is why we are in a big trouble now.

    May 12, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Chip

    Carter is a great man. He's a Naval Academy graduate (a little tougher than community college), and has done coursework in nuclear physics in quest of mastering skills to serve on nuclear submarines. His advice should be given some weight, but should not be the final word. The fact that he was not a great administrator, hence performed poorly as president, bears no relevance on his expertise in this field. His input could be valuable, we should exploit the resources we have until we come up with something better.

    Drill baby drill, while you figure out how to power things with renewable sources and have the time to deploy the new systems. The money saved/raised using this approach would advance the cause more rapidly than NOT using our own resources and outsourcing oil production. I hope he advocates building more nuclear reactors in our country, one area where should be like France!

    May 12, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Jerry

    The "Federal Energy Policy" is quite clear: if it moves, tax it. If it doesn't move, give it welfare, food stamps, amnesty, abortion.

    May 12, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Stacy

    Can't this man just shut his mouth?? Who cares what this guy has to say...he had his chance and blew it. Can someone pull him to the side and let him know that this is 2009...not 1976. God help us.

    May 12, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Proud DHS radical

    Obama is going to make Carter's administration look good. Guess this is Obama's way of going back to the future.

    May 12, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Qui-Tam Relator

    ****************************************************************
    I remember sitting in those gas lines in the early/ mid 1970's. We American's and our elected officals are the ones who just bailed out the Auto Companies that got us into that mess in the early 1970's. The Auto Industry had a opportunity to get us away from gasoline/diesel driven vehicles back then during the gas crisis but insted
    they continued to build gas guzzeling vehicles up until today. And what do we American's and our political leaders do today, well we reward them by bailing them out of their bad old ways. Our pollitical leaders have missed another opportunity by not taking over these irresponsible companies and moving forward to immediatly start building mass amounts of Electric and Hybred vehicles. Who is in bed with who ? ****************************************************************

    May 12, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Tom Paine

    Bwaaaa-haa-haaa!! What a joke.

    Jimmy Carter is going to talk about "energy security"? Why not dredge up the Captain of the Titanic and have him testify about safe navigation of the North Atlantic.

    May 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Dallas Independent - thank goodness

    Democrats up to their old ways – recycling failure is an understatement. Its always funny when Kerry raises his ugly head!

    May 12, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Longhorn7

    Why does Carter have any credibility?

    May 12, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Bill

    All teh people slamming the Carter administration have no idea what they are talking about! Worst administration in history? Not even close...the George W. Bush administration holds that honor, followed by Richard Nixon, Warren Harding, Hoover...and you know what? They are all Republicans!

    Carters' major "fault" was he told the American people the truth! Ronald Reagans great "success" was built upon the idea of lying to the American public, tell us what we want to hear. Avoid making any hard decisions!!

    If Carter had won a second term, Social Security would be solvent well into the future, healthcare costs would be a lot less today, and we would be energy independant. Add to that, there would most likely be a two state solution between Israel and Palestine, and there would be no reason for radical islamists!

    May 12, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Sharon Kitchen

    Very good move.
    He has alot of insight to offer.

    May 12, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    For those of you who don't like Pres Carter, remember it was Pres Reagan who pulled the plug on energy reform on his watch, and look where that got us.

    May 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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