Watching Government: Baby steps

In Washington, DC, it's been one step forward, two steps back on energy policy, industry officials say.The White House energy blueprint was a giant step forward. It aimed to cut back redundant regulations through more interagency cooperation. But the document was widely criticized by other groups, such as the environmental community, which has more sway with voters than the often-vilified oil industry.And many of the controversial items in President George W. Bush's proposal fell in the lap of Congress; so far, successes have been few.Spending ridersIndustry was dealt a major blow last month under the ongoing budget process. While considering the Interior appropriations bill, the ...

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