First Immigration, Now Energy

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The energy bills now being debated in the House and the Senate are at least as politically challenging as immigration reform.  An extraordinary collection of powerful special interests could be effected by efforts to deal with skyrocketing gasoline prices, cut dependence on Middle East oil and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.  One target is mileage standards for cars, trucks and SUV’s, which haven't been lowered in more two decades, largely because of opposition from America's auto industry.  Does comprehensive energy policy have a chance against a vast range of special interests and political partisanship?




Warren Olney