Energy bill light on resource access is no trophy

11/24/2003
In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, the protagonist, Santiago, conquers a world of challenge to catch a huge marlin, then helplessly watches sharks devour his prize as he hauls it ashore.Comprehensive energy legislation has gone the way of Santiago's fish.Two and a half months after beginning work, Republican members of conference committee reconciling House and Senate energy bills reached agreement on Nov. 14.At this writing, Democratic conferees still had to approve the compromise, which would then face votes in both houses of Congress. A filibuster by Democratic senators was possible.Just as Santiago's marlin was too big to bring aboard his skiff, omnibus energy ...
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