OGJ Editorial: DOE and homeland security

To the debate over US President George W. Bush's proposal for a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, the history of energy regulation offers a useful question: How much does it matter to energy conditions in the US that in 1977 the government created the cabinet-level Department of Energy? The answer: very little.To be sure, US energy circumstances are better now than they were when DOE began life. Some of the improvement certainly comes from work done by DOE in areas such as information-gathering, research, and management of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, all vital to national interests.The question is not about the importance of DOE's work. It's about mispercepti...

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