Watching Government: The energy angle

The US faces no overriding energy problem at this time, only higher product prices that are a natural result of market forces.That's why it's puzzling that energy should be blossoming as an issue in the presidential campaign battles of Vice-Pres. Al Gore, the Democratic Party's nominee, and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican contender.Naturally, the oil and gas industry would like to see its problems and concerns get more attention on the national stage.Many in the industry would like to see US policymakers draft an energy policy that balances the nation's priorities with policies that recognize the need for liberalized access to onshore and offshore public lands.Bu...

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