US needs energy growth

With a protracted presidential election finally over, the US oil and gas industry faces a difficult task. It has to rebuild infrastructure. It has to convince an apparently doubtful public of the need to rebuild infrastructure. And it has to do so with limited help from the White House.The election of Texas Gov. George W. Bush is better for the oil and gas business than the alternative. Vice-Pres. Al Gore had strange and impractical ideas about energy, the environment, and economics-all of them hostile to oil.For the industry, a Gore presidency, even one with no mandate, would have been a fight. So the industry dodged a threat last week when a divided US Supreme Court halted hand recounts...

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