Market volatility heats up US energy policy debate

White House officials and pro-industry lawmakers hope ongoing events in the Middle east and Venezuela will help build interest in a US energy policy agenda that encourages domestic drilling, including leasing a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Sen. MurkowskiClick here to enlarge imageSen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, last week called on the Department of Energy to provide by Apr. 11 "the best assessment of the impacts to the United States of a possible cutoff of energy imports from Venezuela and the Middle Eastern [Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries] members."Murkowski said DOE should i...

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