Energy bill not focused

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is getting mixed reviews from the critics. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on Aug. 8, the massive 1,724-page energy bill seems to have something for everyone, or as our Louisiana friends like to say, “lagniappe”-a little something extra (OGJ, Aug. 8, 2005, Newsletter; p. 28). One clever wag was quick to dub it the “No Lobbyist Left Behind Act.”Here are a few of the hundreds of provisions:• Provides a tax credit of up to $3,400 for owners of hybrid vehicles.• Triples the amount of biofuel (usually ethanol) that must be mixed with gasoline sold in the US by 2012.• Authorizes $200 million/year for clean co...

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