The Editor’s Perspective

05/22/2006
Congress gets new leader in energy silliness contestby Bob Tippee, EditorUS Democrats have pulled ahead of Republicans in the congressional competition for the silliest proposal for energy.Senate Republicans leaped to an early lead last month with their ill-fated plan to bribe voters with $100 apiece for gasoline (OGJ Online, Apr. 28, 2006).But House Democrats zipped by them on May 11 when Reps. Rick Boucher of Virginia and John Dingell of Michigan filed legislation to federalize refining.Citing damage to refineries from last year’s hurricanes and consequent increases in fuel prices, the congressmen proposed a Strategic Refining Reserve.They would commit the secretary of energy to b...
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