National security cited as US energy bill debate heats up

A key US congressional lawmaker pledged to industry leaders Sept. 24 that Congress would pass "a good bill, perhaps even a great bill" this year emphasizing national security and economic stability.House Energy and Commerce Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.), the manager of a pending energy bill before Congress, acknowledged that consensus will be difficult on key issues such as leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, climate change provisions, and clean fuels standards.Senate leaders say that they will not accept any final energy bill that includes an ANWR leasing plan."I think there's strong support for climate change (in the Senate provisions) and strong opposition to A...

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