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Proposals for a National Energy Strategy, under development by the U.S. Department of Energy for over a year, encountered a barrage of criticism from presidential advisors when delivered to the White House in December 1990. At issue is the relative roles of market mechanisms and regulation in achieving policy goals. A decision on the final strategy has yet to be announced by President Bush. According to Inside EPA (Jan. 11, 1991), some EPA staff members are concerned that energy conservation measures, such as vehicle fuel efficiency requirements, will be omitted from the final policy.

A State Department official said that decisions regarding the strategy will determine the position of the U.S. delegation at the first round of talks to negotiate a climate convention, to be held February 4-14, 1991, near Washington, D.C. Delegates from about 130 nations are expected to participate in this first of a series of quarterly meetings intended to lead to a climate treaty in 1992. (See Greenhouse Effect Rep., p. 4, Jan. 2, 1991; Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 3, Jan. 16.)

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