The U.S. reduces its oil consumption and oil fields burn in Kuwait.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Jan. 23, 1980:
U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in his annual State of the Union Address, praises the nation
for reducing its oil consumption by 8% during the previous year.
Jan. 23, 1991:
With his troops fleeing Kuwait after a disastrous attempt at occupying the country, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein orders the Kuwaiti oil fields set ablaze
(at right). Smoke chokes Kuwait and southern Iraq until the last fire is extinguished ten months later. Iraq also deliberately releases up to 400 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf from tankers and oil platforms.
Jan. 23, 1996:
U.S. President Bill Clinton lambastes the Republican-controlled Congress
for cutting funds for environmental enforcement, but adds, "The most significant environmental gains in the last 30 years were made under a Democratic Congress and President Richard Nixon. We can work together."
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