OGJ Editorial: Federalizing gas transport

05/13/2002
The US Senate bristles with contradiction where energy, labor, and wealth are concerned. For the sake of jobs and economic growth it eagerly subsidizes a probably uneconomic natural gas pipeline. Yet jobs and growth don't compel it to promote development of natural resources by approving leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain.The conference committee that soon will reconcile Senate and House energy legislation should reject the Senate bill's protectionist incentives for a gas pipeline from Alaska. And gas producers in the Lower 48 should wonder whether unrelated tax incentives in the House bill warrant compromise with a set of measures that would mean trouble...
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