Editorial: Secrecy and energy policy

The second-worst part of the lingering controversy over US Vice-Pres. Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force is the suspicion it casts over involvement of energy experts in the making of energy policy. The worst part is the specter of secrecy.The Supreme Court's June 24 stiff-arm of a case against Cheney leaves important constitutional questions unanswered. It also perpetuates assumptions that mischief is afoot whenever energy companies talk to government officials about energy.The issueAt issue is the administration's refusal to identify nongovernment advisers to a task force assembled in 2001 to write energy policy. The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch sued to secure the information ...

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