Nation: Horrible Conglomeration

I believe that we have now got such a horrible conglomeration of confusion in the energy field that nobody knows what is going to happen." So said Jimmy Carter —two years ago. His solution then was the creation of a new Cabinet-level Department of Energy, now budgeted at $11 billion a year and staffed by 20,000 employees. Yet his description of the situation serves as well today as it did before the department was created.

Last week, as he ended his domestic summit at Camp David, no one was more aware of the problem...

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