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Bush Issues Call For National Energy Strategy

The development of a national energy policy has quickly emerged as a top priority for President-elect Bush with him warning that a looming energy crisis might force the U.S. economy into a recession. In his first meetings with congressional leaders and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan since the election, Bush said he spent a great deal of time talking about energy and spokesperson for the Bush transition team has reportedly attributed U.S. reliance on foreign oil as a key cause of past economic problems.

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Leading Senate Democrat Vows To Fight Possible Bush Pick For DOE

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NY), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Senate minority whip, has vowed to fight President-elect Bush's potential selection of former Louisiana Democratic Sen. Bennett Johnston to head the Department of Energy (DOE), voicing concerns over Johnston's backing of a national nuclear waste disposal site.

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