Point of View: Burns: Domestic production cornerstone of US energy policy

The new deputy majority whip of the US Senate, Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), is a familiar advocate for US oil and gas producers, particularly independents seeking relaxed restrictions to hydrocarbon-prospective public lands.Burns was a cosponsor of a proposal put forth by Republican leaders last year that largely mirrored a White House energy plan. The bill, authored by former Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.), encouraged streamlined environmental permitting for federal land leasing and more access to resource-rich lands such as the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bill also dramatically expanded domestic oil and gas production tax incentives, an item missing from the Whi...

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