OGJ Editorial: Energy policy—2: Targeting energy action

The US Congress has shown it can act constructively on energy when not asked to address every challenge at once. In 1995 it stimulated the country's most important exploration and development play in many years by providing graduated royalty relief for production from federal leases in deep water. Last month it passed pipeline safety legislation.But Congress has trouble with comprehensive energy legislation (OGJ, Nov. 25, 2002, p. 17). The subject is too big, too complex, and too political. What begins as a legislative quest for energy policy inevitably becomes a food fight among pressure groups and commercial interests. It happened again in the 107th Congress.So, if not in pursuit of...

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