Business: Costly, Complex

But Carter's ambitious fuel program could have been much tougher

The first casualty of Jimmy Carter's Cabinet shake-ups was the momentum that he had been building behind his staggeringly expensive, exceedingly complex and long overdue new energy program. That is doubly unfortunate, because the damage was self-inflicted, and even more because the plan makes a start on attacking a problem that will continue to menace the U.S. long after the switches in the Cabinet have faded in significance.

The President got off to a promising start. In a blizzard of speeches and briefings early...

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