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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Oil and politics do mix

Everyone's favorite target of late are the oil-producing companies such as BP. That zeroing in includes law makers as well as environmentalists and outraged citizens.

Members of Congress in both the House and Senate have created no fewer than 40 bills dealing with oil drilling, clean-up costs and responsibilities, oil company and drilling oversight, government hearings on the Gulf spill and so on, reports the Pew Environment Group.

Pew has made a thumbnail tally of the to-date regulatory and punishment proposals along with the names of sponsors.

Some of the various bill names include: Big Oil Bailout Liability Act, Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, Stop Cozy Relationships with Big Oil Act of 2010, and No New Drilling Act of 2010.

One of the House proposals even calls for mandatory 55 mile per gallon fuel requirements for all vehicles by 2017.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn


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