Power Struggle

Bush takes the heat for an energy policy that's warm to oil and cool to conservation

Jim Schupp is looking on the bright side. With gas at the pump now topping $2 a gal. in his neighborhood and seemingly headed higher, he figures it's payback for all those insufferable, phony-rich, new-economy yuppies in their view-blocking, death-dealing, friend-of-OPEC SUVs. "Gas will probably go to $3, and I applaud it," says the retired computer-company executive as he fills the tank of his light pickup truck at a station in Los Angeles. "I'd like to see all gas guzzlers off the road."

Well, that's one view of a pressing energy crisis suddenly much larger than the state of California. Pedal-to-the-metal...

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