Congress walks away from energy reform bill this year

US lawmakers have killed a 2-year effort to pass comprehensive energy legislation."Senate Democratic and Republican conferees, after a joint meeting today (Nov. 13), declared that efforts to pass an energy bill this year are ended," said Bill Wicker, a spokesman for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "With the House expected to adjourn tomorrow, the odds were long, the time was short. Too short. "Lawmakers earlier in the week briefly considered a so-called "energy lite" proposal by the House that included pipeline safety and nuclear plant insurance, two major issues lawmakers agreed on earlier this fall. But dozens of other pending proposals, including expanded drilling i...

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