US energy bill faces tough sledding amid federal budget woes, scandals

02/09/2004
If US President George W. Bush's Jan. 20 State of the Union speech is any indication, the White House may have decided that energy and environmental issues are not going to be pressing on the minds of the electorate this fall.Bush, for example, did not specifically endorse the pending comprehensive energy bill now before Congress, although he did call on lawmakers to pass something."Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run—so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy," he said.Meanwhile, the Democratic response to the State of the ...
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