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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Tired Debate Over Energy

The Senate version of the energy bill is better than the House version, not that that's saying a hell of a lot. See the handy chart--which won't allow me to hot link--at the bottom of this Christian Science Monitor article for a side-by-side comparison.

Word is that the conference may fall apart over whether to give MTBE producers liability from lawsuits (again, same thing happened in '03). The House wants to give that present to Joe Barton's pals, along with drilling in ANWR and setting no renewable energy standards for utilities to meet; the Senate differs on these three points, though it does carry a bigger price tag. Yes, this is what passes for energy policy debate in Congress.

By the way, France is getting a nuclear fusion plant. Say what you will about France, they do come out looking better than us on this one.