Editorial: The energy bill

Congress, at this writing last week, was ready to pass a comprehensive energy bill. A House-Senate conference on July 26 produced compromise legislation on which both houses were likely to have voted by the weekend.If the bill passed as expected, congressional leaders have reason to be proud. They wanted an energy bill. President George W. Bush wanted an energy bill. Business groups wanted an energy bill. So the nation has an energy bill. It’s a triumph of bipartisan compromise, a symbol of what perseverance can accomplish. And now that congressional leaders have achieved their political goal, they should dedicate themselves to serious work on energy.Energy supplyA serious energy bi...

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