Editorial: Energy bill prospects

What if US congressional conferees actually manage this time to reconcile sharply different energy bills passed by the House and Senate? What if they don’t, and comprehensive energy legislation fails again? It’s not too soon to ask.Heroic as the effort has been to bring it about, passage of a sweeping energy bill wouldn’t do everything needed for energy supply. It would take symbolic steps: mandates and subsidies for renewable energy, for example, and federal funding for use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. It probably would provide tax incentives for deep wells in the Gulf of Mexico. It might require an assessment of oil and gas resources on Outer Continental Shelf...

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