Editorial: US energy's sore thumb

Future US energy supply has a sore thumb—the colloquial symbol of something that stands out from everything else. Energy supply's sore thumb is undrillable federal land.It's a big thumb. It includes most of the Outer Continental Shelf off the West Coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and all OCS acreage off the East Coast. It also includes vast onshore acreage in the US West and, of course, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.Priority attentionEnergy supply's sore thumb deserves priority attention of the interagency working group announced this month by Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham to seek ways of expanding supply of natural gas. It's a welcome initiative...

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