Ministers of the major non-Communist oil consuming countries have been working on plans to prevent what could be a crippling world energy crisis in the mid 1980's.
Ministers of the major non-Communist oil consuming countries have been working on plans to prevent what could be a crippling world energy crisis in the mid 1980's. This is the major topic that confronted them as delegates to an International Energy Agency Conference which began in Paris on Wednesday (5 October).
SYNOPSIS: The IEA was set up in 1974 to share oil supplies in times of crisis and to foster cooperation in the development of new energy resources. Its 19 members include the United States, Canada, Scandinavian and European countries, as well as Japan and New Zealand.
The United States delegation was headed by Energy Secretary, James Schlesinger. His country came under fire in the opening session, when several members voiced serious doubts about the Unite Stats political will to make the sacrifices needed to cut its oil consumption. It was strongly urged to cut down on its growing oil imports.
Mr Schlesinger had earlier said he believed the United States had made considerable progress on energy conservation... and U.S. delegates said they were "taken aback" at the "scepticism" of the attack. Experts' reports put before the conference signalled a growing gap between world oil supply and demand from 1985 onwards unless restraints are imposed on consumption....and the IEA's main proposal is that the member governments should set a group target to restrain their combined??? imports of oil.
Delegates were to discuss this and other energy conservation measures for two days at their meeting in the French capital.