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Monday, October 03, 2005 

Tighten Up Your Belt… Energy Prices Here to Stay

(USA Today) The nation's energy chief says it will take six months for U.S. energy production and prices to return to pre-hurricane levels, and he hints at energy shortages in the interim. That's the most blunt and pessimistic estimate yet of how long the energy disruptions caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita will affect the USA. But it could help Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman sell Americans on a conservation campaign he plans to detail Monday.

So what’s the solution? The Feds come through again:

The government conservation plan will ask Americans to turn off lights, change thermostat settings, drive slower, insulate homes and take other steps.

But still no mention of reducing, if not removing, federal taxes on gas and heating oils?

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