Watching Government: Blessings and curses

The year 2001 was a difficult one for those seeking US energy policy reforms. Distractions were many. The year began with the two major political parties at war with each over the presidential election. It ended with the war on terrorism, which continues here and abroad.Against this backdrop, President George W. Bush will deliver his first State of the Union address to Congress Jan 29. He will likely call for more domestic production to reduce foreign oil dependence.Bush's first year largely met industry expectations, although environmental groups also saw some victories.Highs and lowsIndustry sees as its biggest achievement a White House energy blueprint that calls on government agen...

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