Editorial: Oil, politics, and money

With a political frenzy under way in Congress over energy, US oil and gas companies should stay alert to developments in the uneasy stalemate over reform of campaign finance.The debate over energy has not attained towering heights of sophistication. An issue that should be addressed strategically has instead disintegrated into polarized superficialities-development vs. environment, conventional vs. renewable fuels, production vs. conservation. The disconnected tidbits make life easy for headline writers and political deal-makers but sever energy's essential moorings to broader national interests. The process will yield not a strategy but an incomplete hash of compromises, split differ...

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