No time for energy policy

There can be no worse time than the summer of 2000 for the US to act on energy policy. Gasoline prices are very high. And it's a presidential election year. The potential for costly error is extreme. Someone should call a truce.Of course, the federal government seldom addresses energy directly except in the throes of crisis. And most direct action by the government on energy has come to grief. In fact, most federal triumphs concerning energy involve the restoration of distance between the government and energy markets.To be sure, much remains for the US to accomplish in the area of energy policy. A map of acreage that the federal government refuses to make available for oil and gas le...

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