Consume or Conserve, It's a Question of Patriotism

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The US imports 60 percent of its oil, almost twice as much as it did during the oil crisis 25 years ago. With a bloody conflict near the world's production center, is it time to give up gas-guzzling SUV's? The Bush administration says no, preferring to reduce dependence on foreign oil by drilling for more in Alaska. Senate Democrats contend it's not the moment to increase supply but to reduce demand by cutting consumption. Does national security require sacrifice, or doing more of the same? We ask a mother of two who just bought an SUV, a Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, auto manufacturers, the Energy and Interior Departments and the Sierra Club.
  • Newsmaker: Enron Collapse Could Ripple through Energy World - The assets of Texas-based Enron have dropped from 62 billion to under two billion in less than a year, and rival Dynegy just withdrew its merger offer. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Smith traces the fortune of the company that was supposed to revolutionize the energy business but now finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Leahy's Anthrax Letter - Friday is the day investigators hope to open a letter containing enough anthrax to kill 100,000 people. Rick Weiss of The Washington Post, paints the scene as the FBI and Army don protective gear and prepare to open the anonymous letter sent to Senator Patrick Leahy, the most critical piece of evidence in the anthrax attack.


The Wall Street Journal

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

CAFE Standards

Environmental Protection Agency

Sierra Club

US Department of Energy

US Department of the Interior


The Washington Post



Warren Olney