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Quotation by Jimmy Carter
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1979 Address at Commencement Exercises at Notre Dame University, May 22, 1977, Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office (1977) Address at Southern Methodist University, March 26, 1984 Address at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 17, 1978, Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office (1979) Addresses of James Earl Carter, 1971-1975 comp. Frank Daniel, Atlanta, Ben W. Fortson, Jr., Secretary of State (1975)
Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern this nation. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war," except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not to destroy.
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Address to the Nation, April 18, 1977, quoted in Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, p. 91, New York: Bantam Books (1982).
Urging the American people to cooperate in order to resolve the energy crisis.
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