Washington quotebook

If you think writing is difficult, you should try having to do it all day, every day.That's one reason journalists appreciate snappy quotations that expose the heart of the issue, expressing in 9 words what we have trouble explaining in 90.Just being interesting or amusing doesn't automatically earn a quotation a place in the stories I write about Washington, DC, energy events. But unused remarks can be saved and melded into an occasional column-like this one-that could be headlined: "I wish I'd said that."For instance, John Brooks, director of offshore leasing for the UK Department of Trade and Industry, told an Independent Petroleum Association of America meeting that wildca...

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