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Power energises US election fever

Election fever continues to grip the US, and while the continuing difficulties in Iraq take centre stage, voters' focus is also on energy policy. Prices of natural gas and crude oil have soared, while a series of blackouts have paralysed the industrial heartland. At the same time, the future of the nation's energy system teeters on the brink of collapse. President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry have made their intentions clear on their detailed energy policy proposals, and there is some level of convergence – particularly on renewables. In other areas, particularly on the current level of the strategic petroleum reserve, there are stark differences. Should he be elected to a second

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