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RELEASE OF OIL IS PURE PANDERING BY CLINTON TO HELP GORE

President Clinton's move, seemingly at Al Gore's behest, to release some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase heating-oil supplies, ease energy prices and boost Gore might be the worst example yet of record presidential-candidate pandering this year. This reserve is meant to protect America if supplies are cut off -- a true emergency. There is no such cut-off of supplies . . . in the offing.

Furthermore, while prices are higher now than they were a couple of years ago, by historical, inflation-adjusted standards, they remain low -- probably too low for our long-term good. Especially in these prosperous times, the poor can be helped with their fuel problems without a presidential raid on U.S. security.

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