Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Don't Reward Gore For Gas Price Ploy.(Editorial Page)

Editorials

A little fuzzy on what the "strategic" in Strategic Petroleum Reserve means?

Al Gore clarified the matter for those who mistakenly inferred it meant a reserve that could bide the nation through supply disruptions caused by military enemies or economic rivals.

Gore's rhetoric and his boss' action last week made it clear that "strategic" refers instead to campaign strategy.

"It's the economy, stupid," the mantra of President Clinton's first campaign, was essentially a '90s update of "A chicken in every pot." The Gore gambit takes it to the next level, deep-frying the chicken in federally owned crude that should be reserved to maintain a modicum of energy independence or lubricate the gearing up of a war effort. …

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