Watching Government: Stalemate likely on Section 526

07/20/2009
US House and Senate committees have each approved amendments to Section 526 of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. But the devil, once again, is in the details.Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) fought for insertion of the section into the energy bill late in its conference. The section bars government agencies from signing contracts for fuel from unconventional sources with a bigger carbon impact than conventional sources.Waxman’s primary concern was a US Air Force coal-to-liquids program. But it quickly became apparent early in 2008 that the prohibition could be extended to oil produced from Canadian oil sands.Waxman exchanged letters with US Senate Energy and Natural Reso...
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