Editorial: Energy-policy hazards

Two hazards of energy policy-making fell victim to common sense last week in the US Senate. A plan to toughen corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for US vehicles stalled. And an effort to double a proposed mandate for renewable energy in utility power generation failed.These are body blows to a doctrine strongly opposed to growth of conventional energy supply. The doctrine asserts that suppressed consumption and increased supply from renewable sources can seriously reduce the need for fossil energy and nuclear power. It argues, for example, that the magic combination of conservation and renewable energy precludes the need for oil and gas leasing of areas now off-limits, such a...

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