US House passes sweeping energy package

The US House of Representatives Apr. 11 approved on a 247-175 vote a comprehensive energy bill largely similar to a proposal it passed in August 2001 that mainly follows the White House's domestic energy policy blueprint.The Senate will resume consideration of its own energy plan when Congress returns from recess at month's end.The House measure again includes a controversial plan to lease a portion of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The House bill also provides new royalty relief measures, updated clean fuel rules including an ethanol mandate plan, and wholesale electricity market restructuring (OGJ Online, Apr. 4, 2003).Industry groups largely praised t...

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