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Chapter : Energy and Environment
The 99th and 100th Congresses faced an enormous amount of work in the areas of energy and environment. Simply reauthorizing the elaborate structure of laws erected during the “environmental decade” and “energy crisis” of the 1970s had become nearly a full-time job. Most of the laws came due for renewal, and inevitably for amendment, every three to five years. Much of that work had stopped as Congress grappled during Reagan's first term with agency heads who felt their mission was to dismantle the structure itself.
Because President Reagan largely abandoned during his second term the confrontational energy and environmental policies of his first term, Congress was able to get on with the business of legislating.
The resignations of Interior Secretary James G. Watt ...