It isn't very often that the heating and air-conditioning industry makes political news. But that's what happened yesterday in Roll Call, a political newspaper that covers events on Capitol Hill.

If you've been reading Today's News Update lately on Snipsmag.com, you know the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International are waging an expected-to-fail battle against provisions in an energy bill authorizing regional HVAC equipment efficiency standards. Currently, equipment must conform to one federal standard.

The bill is likely headed to the president next week, if compromises between the House and Senate can be worked out. Although the bill's taxes on oil companies and renewable energy mandates have been very controversial, the portion affecting HVAC equipment has not. Perhaps that's why the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association now support the legislation.

Roll Call quotes HARDI Vice President Talbot Gee, along with ACCA lobbyist Charlie McCrudden and ARI and GAMA spokesmen.

A subscription is required to read the full article, but you can find an excerpt at: www.rollcall.com/issues/53_70/vested/21326-1.html.