1979 Scorecard Vote
HR 3930. Defense Production Act. The vote is on the Udall amendment to prohibit the eight largest oil companies from contracting with the government to provide synthetic fuels from coal. Environmentalists generally oppose giving a few large corporations increased monopoly power over different energy sources, because it gives these corporations too much power over national energy policies. The major oil companies already control from 35 to 40% of domestic coal reserves and also dominate the uranium market. They have a vested interest in promoting the most highly centralized and often the most environmentally destructive energy technologies. The Carter Administration did not lobby on this amendment. Rejected 127-263. June 26, 1979. Yes is the correct vote.