US energy bill receives new Senate setback

05/10/2004
Industry lobbyists said Apr. 30 the likelihood that the US Congress can pass comprehensive energy legislation this year grows ever more remote, thanks to a series of procedural votes the Senate took that effectively rejected comprehensive energy legislation—including politically popular ethanol mandate provisions.The Apr. 29 roll calls reflect an increasingly partisan atmosphere in the narrowly divided chamber, said lobbyists and congressional staff. And now there seems to be a growing consensus among energy policy stakeholders that the November congressional and presidential elections may help shut down most, if not all, legislation through fall.Indeed, Congress may not even be abl...
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