Supply needs more attention in energy policy-making

07/12/2004
Has the world's largest energy-consuming country learned anything from its recent bump against the limits of supply?A presidential election campaign should be a test.In discussions of energy policy in the US, supply receives secondary attention, which tends to focus on the margins of potential. Priority goes to environmental caution, which is assumed to conflict with energy supply. A strong view has emerged that the US should cut its reliance on oil, mandate conservation, and subsidize renewable forms of energy.Nearly every voice raised in support of supply promotes some particular source: renewable energy as a category, a specific alternative fuel, natural gas from one place or anoth...
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