Editorial - Organizational paradox

In his nomination of Samuel Welch Bodman as secretary of energy, US President George W. Bush is flirting with taboo. Bodman might know something about energy, a quality that in Cabinet-level politics makes him suspect. A comprehensive understanding of energy tends to come from experience in energy companies. Under the principle that the regulated mustn't regulate, no one with experience in commercial energy operations should run the department most people mistakenly think regulates energy. Or so the thinking goes.Of the 10 people who have been energy secretary, Hazel O'Leary, a lawyer who served in the administration of Bill Clinton, had the most private-sector energy experience, ...

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