Energy a hot-button issue in US presidential election campaign

Energy has become a hot-button issue in the US presidential election race between Republican Party nominee and Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Democratic Party nominee and US Vice-Pres. Al Gore.There is scarcely another issue that so dramatically illustrates the ideological divide between the two front-running candidates for US president.And with public ire rising over high oil and natural gas prices and concerns mounting over ample stocks of heating oil and natural gas-particularly in the US Northeast, where a number of states are considered possible swing states in the election-energy could itself become one of the swing issues in the presidential election (see Watching Government, p. 22)...

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