The Wall Street Journal examines how George W. Bush handled the energy crisis in California during the first weeks of his presidency. The story finds that Bush "has leaned heavily on Vice President Dick Cheney" in order to "stick doggedly to his chosen public message." The author reports that "Mr. Bush bent his free-market, limited-government principles to accommodate a crisis, but so far only a little: He offered a single two-week extension of Mr. Clinton's executive order directing suppliers to sell power to nearly bankrupt California utilities." The story cites top politicians on how the Western energy crisis will impact Bush's popularity and commitment to open markets.
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