Editorial: Conflict of wishes

02/20/2006
A conflict of wishes threatens to steer the US away from sound energy choices at a critical time. The country, if energy politics accurately reflects the mood, wants to stop using oil. It also wants cheap fuel. It can’t have both.US President George W. Bush invoked the first wish in his state of the union address Jan. 31. “By applying the talent and technology of America,” he said, “this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.”The second wish is manifest in tantrums Congress has been throwing since gasoline prices spurted after Hurricanes Katrin...
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