Watching Government: The blame game

Political pundits have begun to proclaim that higher energy prices will be a major campaign issue in the US elections this fall.More attention to US energy needs would be good, but at this point, it appears unlikely that prices will be an issue during the critical period of the presidential and congressional election campaigns early next fall.Gasoline prices are likely to subside by then, or at least motorists will have become inured to them. It will be too early in the season for a home heating oil crisis or for homeowners to feel the bite of higher natural gas prices.Some analysts have predicted electrical power brownouts and blackouts this summer, but if they occur, the primary focus w...

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