Energy-tech bills collide with fraught politics of the Hill

The House is set to pass a sprawling package this week to boost federal research and development for new energy technologies. But prospects for bicameral agreement remain bleak.

FILE - In this July 28, 2011 file photo, giant ducts carry superheated steam from within a volcanic field to the turbines at Reykjavik Energy's Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Iceland.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Fie)