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Pioneer Editorial: BP inaction sets need of energy policy

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Just how precarious the nation's energy dependence upon oil is shown by the aftereffects of BP's -- British Petroleum's -- shutdown of its pipeline from the North Slope after corrosion was discovered. The price of gasoline, already hovering at $3 a gallon, rose again and federal officials talk of taking oil out of national emergency stockpiles of oil should a refinery ask for it.


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