Grappling with downturn tops '99 energy agenda of U.S. Congress

Patrick Crow Energy Policies Editor Left to right, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Rep. Don Young (R-Alas.), and Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) explain their Outer Continental Shelf revenue-sharing bill at a press conference. The U.S. oil industry's depression has added a rare sense of urgency to energy legislation in the U.S. Congress this year. Although oil prices fell most of last year, legislators from oil states accomplished almost nothing in response. But now legislators are seeing the economic effects of the oil depression in the economies of their congressional districts, and their rhetoric is being matched with le...

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