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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita appear to have achieved what green campaigners and the California energy crisis of 2001 could not, namely the belated conversion of the Bush administration to energy efficiency.
Energy production has been disrupted by two hurricanes in a month
Asked four years ago if Americans should change their energy-thirsty lifestyles, Vice-President Dick Cheney said: "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."
But now, with the supply from energy producers in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted by two hurricanes in a month, the White House is changing tack.