I was disappointed that President Bush did not say more about the energy crisis in his State of the Union address {front page, Jan. 30}. It has been almost six months since Iraq invaded Kuwait and more than two years since George Bush moved into the White House. Americans are justified in wondering whether the United States will ever have a national energy policy.

In his speech, the president paid lip service to the virtues of energy conservation. However, it is well known that the president's chief of staff, John Sununu, opposes any new conservation proposal {"Energy 'Action Plan' Appears Mired in Debate," news story, Jan. 7}. I suspect the administration's "energy strategy" will include the same old list of energy production incentives: tax breaks for oil companies and opening up environmentally sensitive public lands to oil and gas drilling.

The most one can say about what President Bush did say is that he stressed the "empowerment" theme: Individuals are more capable of curing the ills of the world than the government. He told us: "We all have something to give."

President Bush might have then added, "If you've got a national energy policy, send it to the White House."

DANIEL JOURDAN Alexandria