July 15, 1955:
Eighteen Nobel laureate scientists sign the Mainau Declaration
, warning that nuclear weapons "could contaminate the earth so badly that entire nations would be annihilated." German nuclear pioneers Otto Hahn and Max Born lead the declaration effort, which is later joined by 34 more Nobel laureates.
July 15, 1979:
Responding to the second "energy crisis" of the decade, U.S. President Jimmy Carter proposes an $88 billion "synthetic fuel" program
to create new fuels from coal and shale oil. The program never materializes.
July 15, 2012:
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reports that the U.S. ranks ninth
among the world’s top twelve economic powers for energy efficiency. The UK is first, and Russia is last.
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