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Oil Production

Oil & Politics -- NPR's Kathleen Schalch reports that both presidential candidates, George W. Bush and Al Gore, say the U.S. needs to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Bush would like to see the U.S. boost domestic production, while Gore tends to focus on conservation measures. But experts are skeptical. They say even if the U.S. boosts domestic production substantially, it wouldn't be enough to influence the price of oil. And there are doubts about how much the nation's energy appetite can be reduced through conservation.

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