WATCHING GOVERNMENT: Energy keeps Congress busy

With the administration of President George W. Bush apparently trying to get as far away from oil and gas as possible while it promotes alternative energy sources, the 109th Congress has assumed the initiative on several issues.That’s not surprising since there will be an election next November for a third of the Senate and all of the House seats. Members are anxious to show they have been doing something while gasoline prices above $3/gal are fresh in voters’ minds. This led to a contentious Senate committee hearing early in the week and a lively House floor debate on the eve of the Memorial Day recess.First up was the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee&rs...

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