Surface coal mining in Alaska 1980, an investigation of the surface mining control and reclamation act of 1977 in relation to Alaskan conditionsThe Nation today is faced with a serious energy problem. Domestic production of petroleum has been declining in recent years, while our dependence on foreign oil has been increasing. We continue to be vulnerable to interruptions in the supply of foreign oil similar to that which occurred in 1973. In addition to nuclear power, our principal alternative to oil, at least for the near term, is coal. The energy that might be obtained from coal is more than an order of magnitude greater than can be obtained from oil. The need to develop domestic coals resources is obvious, and there is little doubt that coal will play an increasingly important role in our energy future.
Magnetometer and direct-current resistivity studies in AlaskaDuring the past year and a half, the territorial Department of Mines in Alaska has conducted a modest experimental program for the purpose of determining the extent to which magnetic and resistivity methods can be used in interior Alaska in connection with prospecting, mining and geological studies. Since little information is available concerning previous work, and since conditions differ considerably from those in most other regions, it was considered advisable to make a general study of the possibilities and limitation[s] of the two methods, rather than a detailed study of any single problem.
Minerals and United States PolicyAll indications are that the United States is going to need very much larger amounts of all nonrenewable resources in the future than are being used at present. Assuming that the population is stabilized at about 300 million people by the year 2000, and that the present per capita consumption of nonrenewable raw materials is maintained, then the nation will require 1/3 more raw materials than at present. If standards of living improve, the demands will be correspondingly greater.