WATCHING WASHINGTON CHANCES FADING FOR ENERGY BILL

With Patrick Crow Oil lobbyists have been asking each other all year if Congress would pass an energy reform bill this session. Now, with only a few legislative days remaining before a scheduled Oct. 3 adjournment by Congress, they say, "Don't bet on it." A House-Senate conference committee working to merge the large, omnibus energy bills made almost no progress in its first two meetings. Even by Congress' own standards, progress was dismal: only a tentative agreement on some energy

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