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FT Energy Source

By Philip K. Verleger

The current discussion on the fate of President Obama’s legislative program to address global warming brings back memories (bad ones) of a similar presidential attempt more than 30 years ago.

Those of us who were part of the earlier episode know only too well how Obama’s effort is likely to fare.

In January 1977, Jimmy Carter became president. Energy policy had been a key part, if not the centre, of his campaign. Carter claimed the United States lacked an effective approach to energy and vowed to fix the deficiency.

Like President Obama, President Carter enjoyed strong Democratic majorities in Congress. Like Obama, the Carter administration included many very bright, often arrogant young men and women who were certain they had the solution.

Kate Mackenzie

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On FT Energy Source:

- A good 2009 for wind, but what about 2010?

- Shell’s new chief on oil sands, Nigeria, and everything else

- Kurdistan and a BP hangman noose mystery in Energy headlines
Further reading:

- Climate science is fundamentally uncertain

- Poverty, cars and the American suburb

- Biofuels companies defend algae

- The odds are poor for energy mentions in the State of the Union address

- The 50 top energy companies of 2009

- GM rejects Lutz

Kate Mackenzie

Kazakhstan in western oil deals threat (FT)

UN hopes to pluck a deal from Copenhagen chaos (FT)

Gazprom frets about surge in US production: report (AFP)

UK nuclear watchdog reveals harmful safety incidents (Telegraph)

Fears Obama will leave climate out of State of the Union address (Guardian)

Chevron makes third Australian nat gas discovery in four months (Bloomberg)

Workers clean up Texas oil spill, and wildlife (AP)

BP finds hangman’s noose at Texas City unit (Galveston County News)

Sonangol clinches deal for Iraqi oil fields (Rigzone)

Energy policy still a top priority, House leader says (Argus)

Total joins US shale gas play with Chesapeake deal (UpstreamOnline)

Uganda steps back from pledge to bar Tullow acquisition (AFP)

Tullow signs agreement to buy Ugandan assets from Heritage (Bloomberg)

IMF revises UAE projections (FT)

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