Energy Policy: Evolution of DOE's Process for Developing a National Energy Strategy
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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DOE began developing the NES in response to a presidential directive and a legislative requirement that the President biennially prepare and submit to the Congress a National Energy Policy Plan. The administration and DOE have invested considerable time and effort in the enormous and complex task of developing a comprehensive NES. In the early stages of this strategys development, DOE fulfilled the administrations charge to provide for public participation by holding 18 public hearings in which hundreds of people representing a wide diversity of views on energy issues testified. This public dialogue represented an unprecedented effort by DOE to solicit the nations views on energy policy. But as the NES development process evolved, there was less public participation in the latter stages of development than DOE originally intended.
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