Sale 181-an opportunity missed?

The George W. Bush administration took a bold step in grappling with the thorny question of what the long-term US energy policy should be. For the effort alone, it should be commended.On its merits, however, the policy suffers from a fundamental flaw that sacrifices its own god of attaining reliable energy security through development at the altar of short-term political expediency. The policy picks, as its number one prodevelopment battle cry, a call to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to oil and gas leasing. This call goads the environmental interests while giving the development proponents only rhetorical comfort. Obscured in the gimmickry of that battle is the mo...

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