DEMISE OF BTU TAX NO REASON TO RELAX

Let's hear it for the oil lobby-whatever that is. It was the oil lobby, say U.S. President Bill Clinton and Treasury Sec. Lloyd Bentsen, that killed the BTU tax. And everyone knows what sinister power this lobby exerts on political issues. This is the lobby that in the mid-1980s couldn't prevent passage of a Superfund tax designed to raise twice what federal agencies said they could efficiently spend on hazardous waste cleanup.

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