Monday, June 26, 2006

477 excuses to do nothing on energy

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives through June 26 had introduced 267 energy-related bills this year, and senators have introduced 210, according to a New York Times editorial "Waste of Energy." Everybody wants to be thought of as doing something but precious few bills have even a ghost of chance of clearing both chambers and securing the President's signature by the end of the current Congress. One exception: Rep. Richard Pombo's (R-Calif.) bid to end a moratorium on oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continengtal Shelf, subject to state approval. Some states, such as Virginia, are ready to approve. Others, such as Florida, could witness stiff opposition from the tourist industry. That said, the Times argues even it should not pass without other substantive legislation, e.g. to raise CAFE standards.

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