Ethanol, MTBE liability stalk energy legislation

The energy bazaar is open again in the US. Congress seems determined to try once more to pass comprehensive energy legislation.President George W. Bush, in his state-of-the-union address, chided lawmakers for debating the subject for 4 years. Then he demonstrated his own lack of seriousness by singling out for personal endorsement a mandate for fuel ethanol.It’s comforting to think that a new version of a old bargain might be in the works: an ethanol mandate in return for farm-state support of oil and gas leasing of federal acreage now off-limits.But a more likely motive came into view soon after the state-of-the-union speech when the president proposed a budget that attempts to tri...

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