Editorial: Abramoff and energy

The scandal boiling around lobbyist Jack Abramoff raises hope for US energy policy. It at least helps explain why Congress has such trouble dealing constructively with energy. At best, it might provoke change in a culture hostile to the effort.Abramoff detonated a blame bomb in the US capital Jan. 3 by pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion, and mail fraud in connection with lavish gifts to politicians. A day later he pleaded guilty to charges related to misrepresentations in the purchase of a casino boat. His promise to cooperate with investigators in a long corruption probe has dozens of politicians squirming.Disgorging contributionsIn attempts to distance themsel...

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