Editorial: The politics of tragedy

Much changed when suicidal murderers crashed airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11. But much did not.Something that did not change was need by the US for convenient and affordable energy. The oil and gas industry should resist the temptation to amplify its political arguments on changes that didn't occur.Others have yielded. In a Sept. 19 message to "Earth Activists," Natural Resources Defense Council Pres. John H. Adams declared that responding to terrorism means "advocating policies that will immediately begin reducing our nation's dependence on oil, whether imported or domestic." He added: "Don't be surprised in the days ahead to hear some in Washin...

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