Editorial: Imports and energy policy

When decision-making about energy policy hinges itself to the supposed horror of imported oil, anything can happen.The administration of US President George W. Bush has made reduction of US dependency on oil from abroad the guiding light for a mixed set of energy proposals. They range from leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to federally funded promotion of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel. The resulting discord reverberates in a comprehensive energy bill too incomprehensible for Congress to pass.Different proposalDemonization of imported oil figures just as centrally in the very different energy policy proposed by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who this week widened his le...

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