WATCHING WASHINGTON BACK TO WORK
With Patrick Crow Legislators face a meager agenda of energy issues when they return to Washington next week. So far, the major energy policy question before the 103rd Congress has been not whether but how much to tax energy use. The Clinton administration sought a $72 billion tax on the BTU content of energy to help fund its deficit reduction bill. But Congress whittled that to $23 billion--a 4.30/gal increase in the federal levy on gasoline and diesel fuel.