POLICY: Bitter Sniping at Simon

After nearly four months as U.S. energy chief, William Simon could use any respite that a lifting of the oil embargo would bring. When he stepped in, he was almost universally hailed as the tough decision maker who would finally whip the nation's faltering energy policies into shape. The honeymoon could not last, and it has not; Simon now is getting a barrage of criticism, some of it astonishingly bitter.

Simon still has the solid support of President Nixon—so much so that Nixon is expected to appoint Simon Secretary of the Treasury later this spring when George Shultz is likely...

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