Editorial: Failing on energy

The US Senate kept Congress true to form Dec. 21 when it rejected the latest effort to authorize oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain. Facing big energy problems, it squandered yet another chance to enact a potentially big solution. The missed opportunity was one of many ways Congress failed energy consumers in 2005.Last year will be remembered as one in which Congress finally passed comprehensive energy legislation yet never managed to address the country’s most pressing energy challenges. The omnibus energy bill shunned the biggest oil and gas issues, such as access to natural resources, and botched others, such as mandating ethanol in vehicle f...

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