A Missouri Congressman instrumental in putting together the Energy Bill that awaits President Bush’s signature says it’s good for the country and for the state. Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt took an unusual step as House Whip in becoming part of the negotiating team, which worked out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Blunt defends tax breaks totalling $14.5-Billion over the next ten years, insisting most go to alternative fuels, though conceding some go to increasing domestic oil production. Incentives are included for ethanol, nuclear energy and so-called “clean coal” power plants. It promotes more natural gas production. It also encourages investment to improve the nation’s electrical grid. Blunt says the nation needed to set down policy. He has no doubt the president will soon sign this bill.
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