International Politics

German sausages (manufactured in Washington). Well, you have to give the Washington “pols” credit for trying. After generations of presidential “national energy strategies,” (each more pointless than the one before it) and after around 10 years working on the latest “comprehensive national energy bill,” they are still “beavering” away. Probably the current version (in conference committee between the House and Senate versions as this column was written) will be stalled. Capitol Hill sources say the bill may be stalled until at least January, because of bickering about how to fix the national electricity grid and passionate differences of opinion over tax breaks, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and those scandalous ethanol subsidies. Also, heaven knows how many other issues are involved – several hundred amendments have been hung on this would-be Christmas tree.

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