Watching Government: Energy fatigue

With no big blackout or gasoline shortage to grab the electorate's attention, energy policy has languished on the sidelines of the US presidential election so far this year.Now some industry lobbyists say it's possible the US Congress may lose interest in comprehensive energy legislation, barring some prolonged supply shock that propels oil prices past the psychologically jarring $50/bbl mark.It's not surprising to hear rumors alleging that lawmakers might abandon the catch-all legislation; Congress has been arguing over the same subjects for more than 3 years and is suffering a kind of "btu fatigue."Nevertheless some trade groups say it is foolish to assume lawmakers are inca...

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