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  • Thursday, July 28, 2005

    $1.5 billion give away slipped into energy bill

    According to this article, from YubaNet, following the closure to further ammendments of an energy bill in the US, a provision to give away $1.5 billion to Halliburton and Sugar Land mysteriously appeared in the text of the legislation:

    In recent years, Congress has been repeatedly embarrassed by the mysterious insertion of provisions in omnibus legislation. Last year, for example, we learned only after House action that the 3,000 page, $388 billion omnibus spending bill allowed members and staff of the Appropriations Committee to examine the tax returns of ordinary Americans. We should not allow this to happen again. The Energy Conference Report should not be brought to the House floor until this objectionable provision is deleted and there is ample opportunity for members to read the legislation and delete any other problematic provisions.
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    At 7/28/2005 02:05:00 pm, Blogger Yak40 said...

    Because of deep water offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico Houston is the world centre of expertise for these activities so it makes sense to have a research facility there too.

    Much ado about nothing from those who know nothing of the industry but like to drive their air-conditioned cars to meetings where they denounce "big oil".

    At 7/29/2005 02:37:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    I tried to find if the Yuba Net people drove air-conditioned cars to meetings, but could find nothing - unless you were suggesting that Henry A. Waxman drives "an air-conditioned car to meetings where [he] denounces 'big oil,'" which would be rather funny.

    At any rate, the best it ranks as is a tu quoque ad hominem and is thus irrelevant to the issue at hand.

    At 7/29/2005 12:51:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Yak, why didn't you address the point of the post? Just to remind you, the point was that $1.5 billion has been slipped into this energy bill, following the closure to ammendments.

    I'd also like to remind you one last time to stay on topic.
    Thank you.


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