The Nation: A Sky Full of Learjets

Legions of lobbyists flew the big gas message to Capitol Hill

In the closing flurry of lobbying for gas deregulation last week, the opposing sides could agree on one thing: they had never seen anything like it. Said the American Gas Association's vice president for Government relations, Nick L. Laird: "It is one of the most intensive, all-out efforts I've ever witnessed." Added James Plug, director of Energy Action Committee, a consumers' lobbying group: "From my experience on the Hill, I don't remember anything like it. Maybe the exception is the antiwar movement."

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