Cheney Gets Coal Fired

The Veep's energy task force wants to ease the way for carbon fuel, fewer regs and more nukes

You could call it by its twenty-dollar title, or you could just call it the Fossil Fuel Club. Either way, it meets most Wednesday mornings in the Vice President's ornate Ceremonial Room. Around the conference table sits a group that includes Dick Cheney and Commerce Secretary Don Evans, both oilmen; Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, who chaired the electricity-guzzling aluminum maker Alcoa; and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, the former Michigan Senator who attracted wads of campaign cash from energy companies in a losing re-election effort.

Welcome to the the National Energy Policy Development Group, formed earlier this year by President George W....

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