It isn't uncommon for legislatures to take extreme positions in attempts to influence their constituents. Many in the environmental arena have been accused, and some rightly so, of using scare tactics to gain attention and support. The new administration isn't any different; they are selling compromise by taking extreme positions and moving toward the center. Clinton used the technique with the nationalized health care concept. Bush Sr, with economic policy, and Reagan with tax cuts. This is how President Bush is selling his tax plan, and this strategy is paramount to the energy policy currently staged by Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham.
On March 19, 2001, while addressing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during their National Energy Summit, Abraham added to the perceived energy crisis discourse in an attempt to scare the American people into supporting supply-side energy economics. Abraham described three overriding challenges facing America's energy over the next two decades: