Watching Government: Call it a crisis

Tight energy supplies are creating mounting headaches for US policymakers, who fear voters may blame them for summer power outages and higher gasoline prices. In quick fashion, both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are pointing the finger at each other. Nevertheless, it is a comfort to some in industry that lawmakers on both sides have labeled the situation an "energy crisis," a phrase that offers the rare implication that the US Congress may react quickly to solve the problem.The administration of President George W. Bush clearly concurs: US Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham's first major policy address was entitled: A National Report on America's Energy Crisis (OGJ, Mar. 26,...

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