42 USC § 7111. Congressional findings
The Congress of the United States finds that—
(1) the United States faces an increasing shortage of nonrenewable energy resources;
(2) this energy shortage and our increasing dependence on foreign energy supplies present a serious threat to the national security of the United States and to the health, safety and welfare of its citizens;
(3) a strong national energy program is needed to meet the present and future energy needs of the Nation consistent with overall national economic, environmental and social goals;
(4) responsibility for energy policy, regulation, and research, development and demonstration is fragmented in many departments and agencies and thus does not allow for the comprehensive, centralized focus necessary for effective coordination of energy supply and conservation programs; and
(5) formulation and implementation of a national energy program require the integration of major Federal energy functions into a single department in the executive branch.
(Pub. L. 95–91, title I, §101, Aug. 4, 1977, 91 Stat. 567.)