Quote of the Day - Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Gailbraith
Mishmash of Special Interests form Energy Bill
The 2003 Energy bill - the first of its kind in 10 years - appears to have stalled. The Sierra Club, Public Citizen, Public Ark, the Wilderness Society and U.S. PIRG don't like it. In fact, it's hard to find much support for it.
President Bush has championed it, pointing to the rolling blackouts last summer as a reason to pass the bill.
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute published this summary of the bill. The White House has its own summary.
This debate has been going on for some time, and sees no signs of letting up. When the bill was first introduced by the White House in 2001, PBS offered us this round-up. The bill has made it through the House, but is now bogged down in the Senate.
Environmentalists are making their last stand. Professional energy lobbyists are pushing hard to loosen the regulations preventing oil drilling and restricting air emissions. There will be more "tweaking around the edges" to get this plan to pass, if it does at all.
It looks like we're going to end up with a hodgepodge of special interests instead of an overall, workable set of laws and regulations.
Doesn't anybody in this process see the benefit of a cohesive plan?