America is not known for having a national energy policy. Mostly because, well, it doesn't now and it never really has. Even back in the 1970s the State Department was barely equipped to respond to national emergencies with regards to oil supply, let alone a preventative strategy to create cleaner, more reliable energy sources. Here's Henry Kissinger pulling his hair out over the potential cut-off from international oil supplies on October 7th, 1973:
"Some day I would like someone to explain to me how this happened. Can we develop a plan that, if there is a cut-off, what can we do? What does the President say on the day of the cut-off?"