The details are sketchy, but the preliminaries look promising. This blurb comes from The Politico (see "Dems searching their souls on drilling"):
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), fresh from his GI Bill victory, said that he is now making energy a major priority. “We need to look at all our assets,” he said, suggesting a large package including expanded offshore drilling, alternative energy, nuclear power and technology to make coal cleaner.I'm not sure how it takes a Democrat to get together with another Democrat in order to hammer out a compromise, but then this is Jim Webb we're talking about.
Webb said that he and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) decided Wednesday to meet soon to plot a compromise way forward. “On the need for a comprehensive package, he and I are in agreement,” Webb said.
Still, if the man says he favors off-shore drilling, expansion of coal energy, and nuclear power (along with the other minutia), I think I'll have to sing his praises.
Of course, I'll keep reminding myself - this is Jim Webb. He'll probably tie his legislation to a call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, or some such idiocy.
Let's just wait and see, shall we?