Blackout Likely to Speed Up Energy Bill Debate

By | September 01, 2003
The "Great Blackout of 2003" might encourage Congress to pass an energy bill sooner than expected. On Aug. 14, power outages at oil refineries across the Northeast set off fuel shortages, which in turn forced gas prices to shoot up from an average of $1.56 to $1.72 over two weeks. The combination of the blackout and high gas prices may speed Congress's debate over the Energy Bill, said Jon Doggett, National Corn Growers Association vice president of public policy. "I'm hoping that by mid-October, the President is signing a bill," Doggett told EPM.