An absence of proportion

Hand-wringing over failure by the US Senate to pass bipartisan energy legislation focuses on the wrong problem. Political pundits mourn the death of bipartisanship and condemn "dysfunction" of the government. In fact, the problem is that a White House with a fuzzy view of constitutional boundaries has seized control of energy policy-making. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act was a collection of modest steps designed to improve the energy-use efficiency of buildings and manufacturing plants. It wouldn't have cost much. Like a companion bill in the House, it received support from members of both major political parties. Enactment probably would have trimmed ener...

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