"The energy bill was just a bunch of tax breaks for gas drillers. Some Republican staffers suggested it was the Tom DeLay MTBE tax exemption bill. It exempted MTBE producers from any liability for toxic pollution of aquifers. Not that that wasn't bad enough -- but then it gave them $2 billion in tax breaks, $2 billion in subsidies, because they're big supporters of Mr. DeLay. I just don't trust any of these people to do the right thing for people in need."
I don't remember hearing this analysis in the media in the weeks leading up to the vote.