ENERGY: Back on a Dangerous Binge

Shortly before President Ford's nomination in Kansas City last week, his Democratic rival Jimmy Carter met with advisers in Plains, Ga., to discuss what U.S. energy policy should be. After four hours of talks, Carter emerged to report a consensus: the nation still lacks a "comprehensive, long-range, understandable energy policy." Though that is a charge that few Republicans could or would dispute, energy probably will not be much of an issue in the coming campaign. In the 33 months since the shock of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, public concern about that issue has slid from white-hot worry to...

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