PRIORITIES: The Hopeful Environmental View

If the Alaska pipeline were built on schedule, or if offshore oil reserves were tapped in time, the nation would not face a serious oil shortage. If automakers did not have to install antipollution equipment, cars would get much better mileage per gallon. If electric utilities were not limited to burning the scarcest of fuels—coal and oil with low sulfur content or natural gas—there would be less chance that the cities will go cold this winter. The root trouble in each of these cases is one environmental law or another, and it therefore follows that the repeal or modification of...

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