Remembering James Schlesinger

James R. Schlesinger probably had seen nearly every kind of US energy policy tried by the time he died of complications from pneumonia on Mar. 27. He was 85. Tapped by President Jimmy Carter to head the newly formed US Department of Energy in 1977, Schlesinger already had been Defense secretary and Central Intelligence Agency director. His strong interest in national security and international affairs fit well with his new assignment. "Dr. Schlesinger took the helm of the new DOE when US and global energy markets were undergoing a radical change," recalled Ernest G. Moniz, the current US energy secretary. "He navigated the nation's energy policy in the difficult, post-Arab ...

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