US House 'Blue Dog' Democrats push moderate energy plan

The Blue Dog Coalition, 32 moderate-to-conservative US House of Representatives Democrats from mainly coastal and southern states, proposed an energy policy plan July 11 that it says will bridge the gap between ideological extremes.Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Tex.), cochairman of the group, said, "The Blue Dogs have adopted a comprehensive and balanced energy plan that increases energy supply and promotes greater energy efficiency as a road map to solving both short and long-term energy challenges." The 20-page plan proposes a series of tax incentives designed to increase the production of fossil fuels and renewable energy.The group is known for its fiscal conservatism and, consistent with its ph...

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