Watching Government Teapot Dome's legacy

When the U.S. Navy converted from coal burning to oil burning ships before World War I, the government set aside three oil fields as Naval Petroleum Reserves. The reason: fear that the nation would shortly run out of oil. Not many people have heard of the Elk Hills and Buena Vista NPRs in California. But most have heard of Teapot Dome in Wyoming because it lent its name to the most famous of the Harding administration's scandals. How it developed In 1922, President Harding's interior secretary, Albert Fall, wrested control of the NPRs from the Navy, then gave oilmen noncompetitive leases to develop Elk Hills and Teapot Dome. It soon was discovered that Fall had been bribed....

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