Energy problems in focus

There's nothing like shortage to focus the official mind on energy. While Californians struggle with intermittent power outages, sensible observations about energy are finding voice in Washington, DC.First, President George W. Bush wisely ditched a campaign fancy about regulating carbon dioxide as an air pollutant (OGJ, Oct. 16, 2000, p. 33). As a side route to implementation of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the move would have contradicted efforts to bolster energy supply and undermined Bush's tax-cut agenda. It also would have equated a gas essential to life with harmful air pollutants, which is absurd.Energy acuityExtending the winning streak, the president and his secr...

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