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White House Urged to Form Cabinet-Level Energy Council

Nov 29, 2012
(AOL Energy)

Government agencies tasked with US energy policy are "like an orchestra without a conductor," says former North Dakota Senator Bryan Dorgan, now part of a panel of experts urging the second Obama administration to change the way it approaches energy.

Dorgan, a Democrat, is part of a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) energy project that's hammering out policy recommendations for the second Obama administration and the incoming Congress. The recommendations are due to be finished right after the inauguration.

But Dorgan and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Republican, told a November 27 Washington DC briefing that those recommendations will go nowhere if President Obama doesn't give new leadership to energy policy, and they're among the project experts recommending formation of a National Energy Strategy Council in the White House.