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

“We are suffering from the complete absence of any coherentenergy policy. The evidence for this is overwhelming. We needpolicies that will assure Americans of adequate energy supplies atreasonable prices,” he wrote in a letter to Bush Wednesday.

In the past, the three federal agencies whose policies influenceU.S. energy supply — the Departments of Energy and Interior andthe Environmental Protection Agency — “approached each issue froma perspective defined by their own specific, narrow agencyinterests without considering the impact on energy supply,”Domenici said. “This must change.” This disjointed approach poses athreat to the “national and economic energy security,” Domenicisaid.

Susan Parker

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