Energy: Dimming Chances for Carter's Bill

A compromise on gas prices and oil taxes proves elusive

He called it the moral equivalent of war, but President Carter's battle against energy waste seems to be winding up the moral equivalent of Pickett's Charge. Carter's energy bill is not dead yet, but its vital signs are fading. Congress adjourned last week for its ten-day Lincoln's Birthday recess, leaving the measure comatose in a House-Senate conference committee and the nation not much closer to a comprehensive energy program than it was when Carter first unwrapped his plan last April.

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