GOVERNMENT: The Price of Dissent

The maverick on the Federal Power Commission is William R. Connole, 37, a Connecticut political independent. For the past five years Connole has built a reputation as a dissenter from his colleagues, a defender of the consumer by urging stricter regulation of natural gas prices. He was the lone dissenter in the precedent-setting C.A.T.C. case (TIME, July 8,1957), when the FPC allowed new field gas sales worth $1 billion without final approval of the rates. Connole's dissent was implicitly endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court when it criticized the FPC decision, upholding the contention of New York State's Public...

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