The omnibus energy bill

The US Congress, as of presstime last week, seemed ready to pass comprehensive energy legislation. As a next step it should consider enacting something meaningful to supplies of oil and natural gas. The omnibus bill approved Nov. 14 by Republican negotiators fails in that crucial area.The legislation takes many steps on many subjects, including some subjects pertinent to supplies of energy, even oil and gas. But it comes nowhere near fulfilling its press notices about significantly fortifying energy supply.The legislation's steps on energy supply are varied and small. It commits money to the study of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel and to development of renewable energy. It provides incent...

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