Jimmy Carter has three weeks left to meet a self-imposed deadline for tackling what may well be the hardest challenge he will face throughout his presidency. Shortly after taking office, he promised to unveil a comprehensive national energy program by April 20. As that date nears, the President is huddling with aides and scribbling pithy comments in the margins of position papers. For the past two weeks, he has been summoning groups of union leaders, oilmen, builders and other constituencies that are likely to be affected to a series of 21 White...

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