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No advances on fuel front
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As the price of gasoline approaches $4 a gallon -- with many saying it will reach $5 -- I was thinking recently of a column I wrote a few years ago during a similar spike in prices. I went back and found it in the bowels of my computer, and it is as cogent now as it was then. Here’s what I said then, with a few updates: More than three decades after the Department of Energy was created -- a massive bureaucracy whose purpose upon its founding under Jimmy Carter was to lessen the United States’ dependence upon foreign oil -- we’re still fighting unstable fuel prices and worrying about what’s going to happen in the Middle East.