U.S. History 1877-Present 12.10a: Peanut Farmer for President

Who's this Jimmy Carter fella? Isn't that the cricket who gave Pinocchio all that bad advice?

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luckily for the public he made like a normal person and his administration

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broke open the floodgates for more diversity at the federal level it [Carter opening the diversity floodgates]

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included more black members than ever before and he tied up a loo during

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resentment returning Vietnam when he pardoned all the men who had fled to [Carter with his arm round two black members]

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avoid the grass Carter also gave the civil service system of power washing he

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made sure that awards and federal appointments were based on merit and not [Carter holding a big hose]

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backroom deals the cabinet also received two additional positions when Carter

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created the department's of energy and education Americans were worried about [Carter unveiling the departments behind a curtain]

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gesek the environment and education starter figured it was time to do

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something about it on the environmental front

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he passed several pieces of legislation including the funds to clean up chemical [Carter signing off the legislation]

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waste sites because oh come on they're just gross unless you gained your

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superpowers from them and then they're kind of nice one of the biggest [Boy glowing green]

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achievements of Carter's administration lay in tackling the energy crisis facing

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America we were Gus little like some guzzle Slurpees on 7-elevens free

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slurpie day and yeah that's actually a thing Reisler peace what it's time to be [Guy holding lots of slurpies]

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alive our nation consumed one quarter of all oil exported by OPEC and our per

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capita consumption was 2.3 times the average of other Western nations

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suggesting a fair amount of waste like how do we waste all that we'll be [Uncle Sam in a bath of oil]

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bathing in all that oil well President Carter's goal was to reduce our

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dependence on foreign oil and our wasteful consumption of it so he had

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Congress passed the emergency Natural Gas Act which gave the federal

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government control over interstate natural gas his new Department of Energy

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focused on researching and spearheading campaigns for new renewable sources of [Department of Energy meeting]

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energy such as wind and solar Carter also worked to deregulate oil and

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natural gas prices in order to increase the supply of energy while lowering its [Deregulated stamp on a barrel of oil]

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he also push for a limit on the amount of imported oil and supported the

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development of synthetic fuels but even all that wasn't enough he pushed for [Wagons of synthetic fuel going past imported fuel wagons]

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conservation with legislating fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and

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fighting to preserve America's most abundant natural resource land yep he

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fought for wildlife reserves in Alaska and an expansion of the national parks [Starts appearing all over a map of the US]

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not bad for a peanut farmer there unfortunately for Carter OPEC had other

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ideas and there was the little matter of the Iranians overthrowing their US

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backed dictator a scenario sounds pretty familiar while the revolution in Iran [Iranian protests]

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through the entire world into a panic concerning their oil production the fear

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that Iran's oil exports would drop if they did by a miniscule amount led to a

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hike in the price of crude oil well citizens waited in long lines at gas

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stations for expensive fuel and there were any Slurpees at the other end to a [Backed up cars at a gas station]

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cool customers off from before long frustration at the pump translated into

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frustration at the president how could he let the Middle East toy with our [Protests at the White House]

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emotions and our weekend road trip like this

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Carter's approval rating slumped to lower rates than even Nixon during the

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heat of Watergate if America said well having an actual criminal for president

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was one thing but 84 cents a gallon this highway robbery look on the bright side [Reagan in prison]

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Jimmy even if you weren't tough enough to be President you did ring in free

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slurpie day [Carter holding a lot of slurpees]