EDITORIAL: Energy and farm aid

If US lawmakers are correct when they say Americans want action on energy policy, the chief motivation almost certainly is the elevated price of gasoline. So why does the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources propose a bill that would raise gasoline prices? Why does it propose a bill that would not only raise gasoline prices but also lower government revenue and aggravate air pollution?Two answers: President George W. Bush wants an energy bill. And politicians of both major parties, including Bush, want to coddle grain farmers and distillers, even if doing so tramples the interests of consumers and taxpayers.Ethanol mandatesThat agriculture trumps energy in US politics has neve...

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