Unjustified calmness

More than two years have now passed since any American motorist has been forced to wait in long lines for gasoline. That, say energy experts, is only one of several reasons for a general, and probably unjustified, feeling of well-being about the U.S. energy picture as the winter of 1981 approaches.

The Reagan Administration has done little to dispel the glow. As part of his budget-cutting efforts, Reagan has proposed dismantling the U.S. Department of Energy that was set up four years ago as a watchdog of the nation's energy supplies. Meanwhile,...

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