From the NYTimes: link And once again, conservation is given back seat to tax breaks for oil companies which incedentally posted record profits last year. McClellan says that four years is long enough to wait for an energy bill. I'd gladly wait four more years for a good one. And then saying the President has little power over gas prices - um, how much has the price of a barrel of oil gone up since we invaded Iraq? 10, 15, 20 dollars? Also, if the President was pushing for stricter standards rather than bigger tax breaks, guess what? We'd probably have stricter standards and less tax breaks. The President cannot affect the specifics, but he can set the tone and the priorities. The WH is copping out. Surprise. They took four years to even admit that the companies producing MTBE shouldn't be shielded from clean-up, and that the clean-up (from another source) will be mainly government funded. State and local, mind you, not federal. What a bunch of corporate stooges. I've written many a letter to my congressmen and senators, and almost always get a response - from a flunky, at least. But I have to wonder if the message is actually getting through. Congress always seems to do the opposite of what I think is the correct course. I mean, are there millions of Americans writing their representatives saying "please, we don't think oil companies are getting enough help from the government"? Or, "senator, could you please make sure that my next car won't have higher gas mileage?" Or "I would like the Senate to emphasize more pollution-generating energy sources instead of looking towards alternative/renewable energy." ???