ENERGY: Moving to a Showdown

The long struggle between the White House and Congress over national energy policy moved closer to a showdown last week. After waiting out a fruitless two-month truce to give the House and Senate time to wrap up an acceptable package of energy legislation, President Ford ordered a phasing out of Government price controls on U.S.-produced oil over the next two years. The move could more than double the price of about two-thirds of the nation's oil output—a prospect that is anathema to many of the Democrats, who hold commanding majorities in both House and Senate.

At the same time, Ford...

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