WATCHING THE WORLD: Squeaky wheels

Energy independence has become the watchword of politicians in many areas of the world, and was very much at the forefront of US politicking last week.“George W. Bush now says that ‘America is addicted to oil,’” said US Sen. John Kerry. “His preferred policy has been to feed the addiction; his attitude on greenhouse gases is to let them increase; his energy alternatives are token; again and again his approach to crisis is to denigrate the environment.”In his State of the Union Address, President Bush pledged to reduce US oil imports from the Middle East by 75%, partly by increasing the development of alternative fuels.The Bush administration also has so...

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