Party politics and energy

Presidential platforms by the two major US political parties give the oil and gas industry little to cheer. There is comfort, however, in the assurance that parties adopt platforms to attract votes, not make policy.On energy, the platforms diverge in two main respects. The Democrats oppose leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain and support the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Republicans take the other side on each issue.Against those criteria, the Republicans clearly follow the better path on energy. But they fail for missing an opportunity to distinguish themselves on energy fundamentals. Mainly, their energy program just errs less frequently than that of their op...

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