Democrats press Bush to act as energy prices increase

New Jersey’s US senators asked President George W. Bush to initiate dispute proceedings against the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries through the World Trade Organization in response to dramatically climbing retail gasoline prices.The complaint could allege that OPEC members violated the WTO’s prohibition of export quotas, Democrats Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez indicated in a press conference at a Fort Lee, NJ, gasoline station.“This year, you inexplicably made reform of OPEC a condition of Saudi Arabia’s accession to the WTO, despite the OPEC cartel’s harmful impact on the US market,” they said in a letter to Bush.Lautenberg intr...

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