The politics of energy use

With the always simmering politics of energy and the environment headed for the boil in a US presidential election year, the oil and gas industry should stay ready to assert perspective when threats emerge. One such threat will develop as the major parties complete their nomination formalities and the candidates square off on specific issues. It is the urge to mandate absolute reductions in consumption of energy, especially energy from hydrocarbons.Vice-Pres. Al Gore makes no effort to hide his antagonism toward fossil energy. And his Republican opponent, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, must tread carefully on energy issues. Especially after selecting Dick Cheney, chairman and chief executive ...

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