House Energy Bill: An Embarrassment

Editorial opposes current energy bill.

Published: 21-Nov-2003

One measure of how badly the U.S. House has failed the nation's energy interests: While our lawmakers have been busy crafting loopholes to make American cars less gas-efficient than they are now, the Chinese are about to impose fuel-economy standards on new cars and SUVs that will be significantly stronger than ours.

The fact that this is more about reducing dependency on oil than global warming or the environment does not diminish the lesson.

Hawai'i Rep. Ed Case blasted the energy bill, calling it "a disgrace epitomizing everything that's wrong with our national political process today." He joined Rep. Neil Abercrombie on the losing side of the 246-180 vote.

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