Watching Government: Finger pointing

Just in case higher gasoline prices become an election issue this year, politicians are positioning themselves to blame the other party.In the Senate, Republicans claim the administration lacks an energy policy and proposed a bill with the goal of cutting US oil imports dependence to 50% (OGJ, May 22, 2000, p. 28).House Republicans chimed in recently at a House energy and power subcommittee hearing on energy policy.Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said, "We could argue that, for the past 67 years, we've been adrift in terms of a coherent energy policy."Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) countercharged, "In the past 6 years that Republicans have been in the majority (in Congress) they've failed...

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