153. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for International Economic Affairs (Flanigan) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1
Delivered herewith is the initial version of a lengthy book on “Energy.”2 The introductory section deals with the history of the energy problem, the current situation, and the broad options for action. Following that is a section of each major issue under consideration. Each section is made up of (a) a background discussion, (b) a statement of the problem, (c) a series of options, with pros and cons relating to each, and (d) a statement of the conclusions and recommendations reached by the responsible agencies. For some issues there is also included additional information in appendices. Should you want further information or studies on any issue, it is available. Where legislation is required by the recommendations, it is prepared and available.
Attached is a seven page summary of the energy problem, and the recommendations for dealing with it reached by the Domestic Council Subcommittee.
For the quick “education” in energy which you requested, I particularly commend to you the summary memo and the introductory section of the book. Because the international aspects of energy are of particular interest to you, I also recommend that you read the section entitled “International.”
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 250, Agency Files, National Energy Office, Vol. I, March 1972–February 1973. No classification marking.↩
- The full study was not enclosed and a final version has not been found. Flanigan’s progress report on this undertaking is Document 146.↩
- Scowcroft underlined the first clause of this sentence and wrote in the margin: “questionable assumption.”↩
- See Document 90.↩
- See footnote 6, Document 146.↩
- This section of the summary closely resembles the progress report Flanigan provided Nixon, Document 146.↩