Bush Urged to Coordinate Energy Policy

As one of his first acts as president, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) has called on President George W. Bush to order the three federal agencies that have jurisdiction over U.S. energy supply to craft coordinated policies to address the energy crisis facing the nation.

"We are suffering from the complete absence of any coherent energy policy. The evidence for this is overwhelming. We need policies that will assure Americans of adequate energy supplies at reasonable prices," he wrote in a letter to Bush Wednesday.

In the past, the three federal agencies whose policies influence U.S. energy supply --- the Departments of Energy and Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency --- "approached each issue from a perspective defined by their own specific, narrow agency interests without considering the impact on energy supply," Domenici said. "This must change." This disjointed approach poses a threat to the "national and economic energy security," Domenici said.

Susan Parker

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