With the Jan. 15 deadline at hand for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, the House energy committee last week sought to determine if the U.S. is ready for an oil supply disruption. And as so often happens at congressional hearings, participants often lost sight of the central question. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), committee chairman, said, "While we all hope any armed conflict will be quick and successful, I am concerned that the administration has not planned for the possibility it will not be. A prolonged conflict could cause serious energy disruptions. In addition, there is always the risk of terrorism." DOE'S VIEW ...

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