Monday, May 30, 2005

Why Isn't the Energy Bill the Talk of the Town?

We’ve heard a lot during the last couple of weeks about the judicial nominations fight in the Senate, deals stuck between democrats and Republicans, and other issues. But why isn’t the energy bill the talk of the town? Why isn’t it on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal, above the fold? Why aren’t the tv news stations reporting what is a such an important issue?

New Mexico US Senator Pete Domenici, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and New Mexico US Senator Jeff Bingaman, Ranking Democrat on the Committee have joined forces in bi-partisan fashion last week to pass a comprehensive Energy Bill through committee almost unanimously. (link)

Isn’t that significant? Isn’t it important for New Mexico that its two Senators have managed to move a major, major piece of bi-partisan legislation through the U.S. Senate during a time of some pretty nasty partisanship?

Energy may not be as much of a publicity-generating issue as stem cell research or judicial fights, but it wasn’t long ago that California was experiencing major blackouts, Remember? We all are aware of the current oil issues. This bill will guide U.S. energy policy for the next 10 years and it's an acomplishment for these two Senators.

Energy is one of those things people don’t think about much unless something goes wrong. If Jeff and Pete pass their Energy Bill, we will hopefully have less to worry about.


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