Editorial: Serial mistakes

A past mistake with fuel ethanol hampers the effort by Congress to pass a comprehensive energy bill. A likely new mistake promises even more trouble.Ethanol lies at the base of the House-Senate conflict over product-defect liability protection for companies that have sold gasoline containing methyl tertiary butyl ether. The substance has leaked with fuel containing it into the subsurface and migrated into sources of drinking water. In almost all cases, it has not threatened public health. In some cases, it has made drinking water taste or smell foul. In many more cases, it has provoked lawsuits.Litigation bonanzaThe House wants to prevent runaway litigation by requiring that MTBE complain...

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