ENERGY: A Soft Alternative

After much internal struggle and strain, the Democrats managed last week to produce their long-awaited " alternative" to President Ford's price-oriented energy program. The plan, drafted in haste by ad hoc task forces from both Houses of Congress, led by Rhode Island Senator John Pastore and Texas Representative James Wright, had both practical and political purposes. First, it was intended as a guide for Democrats on various committees drafting energy legislation, although it is not binding upon them. Second, and more important, it was to serve as the Democrats' bargaining position in working out energy policy...

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