Watching Government: 2012's war of words

Maybe it was because it was a presidential election year. Whatever the reason, words seemed to matter more than substance to Washington's energy policy-makers in 2012, and produced some good nominees for the Watchy, this column's annual salute to entertaining Washington moments of the past year. The trend clearly started in late 2011 when US President Barack Obama and Interior Sec. Ken Salazar began describing their energy policies as an "all-of-the-above" strategy nearly 3 years after congressional Republicans initially coined the phrase. It didn't matter much that the Obama administration's definition significantly differed from that of House and Senate Republicans. The phrase...

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