Watching Government: Tragic ironies

An apparent coordinated terrorist attack on New York City and Washington, DC, last week is expected to have reverberating implications on US energy policy.At this writing, the White House's suspicions were leaning toward a theory that the aircraft assaults were planned and executed by individuals associated with or sympathetic to Middle East Islamic fundamentalists opposing US policy in the region.If that theory proves correct, it is likely US policy-makers will be looking at updating energy legislation in the context of national security. And therein lies a politically tragic irony: the last comprehensive energy legislation to pass in Washington was also spurred a decade ago by anot...

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