Nation: The Man Who Offers Pain

Secretary Schlesinger's abrasive tactics can cause trouble

At the very center of the dispute over Mexico's vast oil and gas reserves is the autocratic and intellectual Energy Secretary James Schlesinger. TIME'S Washington bureau chief Robert Ajemian talked to Schlesinger and others in the energy field about the controversy that keeps swirling around the Secretary. His report:

The man Jimmy Carter has grandly described as his most important appointment, James Rodney Schlesinger, has succeeded in alienating the whole Mexican government and jeopardizing negotiations with a country whose energy resources the U.S. will surely need. For those who have watched the onetime economics professor routinely...

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