Watching Government: Data gaps

Jay Hakes, the former head of the Energy Information Administration, says the US once again has failed to learn from its energy shortages.Hakes, who was EIA administrator for nearly 7 years, quit in June to become director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. EIA is an independent data-collecting bureau in the US Department of Energy.Hakes said price spikes for heating oil in New England last winter and gasoline in the Midwest this summer resulted in the "old kind of fingerpointing on all sides that confuses the public."We're sort of back in the position that every little crisis is dealt with as a unique event, and when it's over, the general public doesn't kno...

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