As our vulnerability to an energy shortage peaks in the 1980s, Bucknell perceives a profound threat to every facet of American life. The solution to our resource need is diversification as no single energy source will suffice. But current global politics make a gradual transition undesirably risky and too slow to be left to the free market; earlier transitions (from wood to coal, coal to oil and gas) took at least 50 years. The author sees the lifeline of the West out of its control, within reach of the Soviet Union, and urgently calls for an immediate centralized national energy plan. A well-organized survey of the implications of the energy problem.