Washington's newfound zeal for regulating the financial sector will likely spill over into commodity futures, experts predict. "The credit crisis has only strengthened the resolve of many people to go back and look very hard at this energy speculation issue," says Michael Greenberger, a professor at the University of Maryland. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was frustrated in her earlier efforts to create a more activist Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but she expects more success in the next Congress. "People would have to be blind right now if they came back to Congress and said we shouldn't have regulatory oversight changes," she said.

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