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Signs of Energy (NYTimes Editorial)

The last three years have given the country more than enough reasons to re-examine its energy policies: a power crisis in California, a blackout in the East, global warming, sharply higher prices for gasoline, tighter markets for natural gas and now a stubborn war in the heart of the biggest oil patch in the world. Clearly, we need a disciplined program to use more efficiently the fossil fuels we now have, coupled with aggressive efforts to develop renewable sources of energy. Yet neither a divided Congress nor a disengaged administration seems capable of delivering that strategy.