Watching Government: Time to get to work

Is it time for federal energy policymakers to quit relying on cherished assumptions? Washington observers increasingly ask this question, not simply because it's an election year but also because what will need to happen after with the federal budget is so critically important. The American Petroleum Institute, in its Vote 4 Energy program, says further US oil and gas production growth would be a major generator of jobs and contributor to a broader US economic recovery. It calls for policies which make more federal acreage available—both onshore and offshore—and facilitate permit and regulatory approvals without compromising safety or the environment. It hasn't been that long, however, si...

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