posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 05:03 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a broad energy bill today focused on boosting American domestic petroleum production. The bill permits oil
drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and prohibits gas companies from being sued over additives meant to help reduce air pollution. The White
House strongly supports the legislation.
WASHINGTON Apr 21, 2005 — The House approved a broad energy bill Thursday aimed at boosting domestic production, including provisions to allow
oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge and to shield makers of a gasoline additive from water contamination lawsuits.
The largely Republican crafted bill was approved 249-183 after two days in which the GOP majority turned back repeated attempts by Democrats to add
measures they said would reduce energy use, including a proposal for higher automobile fuel economy requirements.
The bill includes $12 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for energy companies, more than the Bush administration said it wanted. Nevertheless the
White House strongly endorsed the measure.
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I support anything we can do to boost domestic oil production and reduce dependancy on imported petroleum. Also, companies should not be sued for
additives required by law to reduce air pollution. I am somewhat perplexed by the bill's subsidies to oil companies, which are making record profits