The Florida-Alabama spat

Alabama's congressional delegation has underscored a dilemma at the core of US energy politics.Americans across the country demand energy in steadily growing amounts. Yet in some places they won't stand for the minor surface disturbance that comes with development of energy resources.Florida is one of those places. The state's citizenry needs increasing volumes of natural gas for the generation of electrical power. But its politicians want the gas to come from elsewhere.Alabama's politicians have declared that "elsewhere" has had its fill of the hypocrisy.Late last month, lawmakers from the state won House approval of an appropriations bill amendment blocking construction ...

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