Editorial: Energy policy and trade

The US government will encounter next month a strong but little-remarked reason to enact sound energy policy. The World Trade Organization convenes Nov. 9 in Doha, Qatar. Constructive action on energy would strengthen US arguments in support of international trade. Energy mistakes-including inaction by Congress on energy policy-would have the opposite effect.Progress on international trade has seldom been more important than it is in the confused aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The attacks aggravated a worldwide economic slowdown. Evidence builds that the world is in recession. In response to the attacks, the US, the UK, and other...

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