Editorial: The energy-economy link

The US government is veering off course on energy policy and economic stimulus. Its persistent hostility toward development of natural resources severely limits the potential of both initiatives.Energy policy can do little for national interests if it doesn't encourage exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources. And a government reluctant to allow productive use of land closes off a basic factor of economic growth. There is one twinkle of hope in the exertions over energy and economic policy that Congress probably won't finish before 2001 ends. It is House approval last August of a bill that includes oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plai...

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