We’ve got three big hurdles before we see a new Energy Bill enacted: substantive, procedural, and presidential.
First, the substantive hurdle — the two bills differ on key points, such as fuel economy standards, a national renewable electricity standard, and energy taxes (I have reprinted a side-by-side comparison below). Merging the bills won’t be easy.
Second, the procedural hurdle — both chambers must “formally be considering the same legislation,” as E&E Daily (subs. req’d) explains: