Watching Government - Abraham's last words

Since he said he will not be around for a second term, it's no surprise that outgoing US Department of Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham used his appearance at the National Petroleum Council's Dec. 1 meeting in Washington, DC, to summarize his tenure as energy secretary and to thank a group with whom he worked. But he also used it to make two mildly bold predictions.Abraham told council members that he thinks Congress, with its larger Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House, will pass comprehensive energy legislation. He also said he expects approval of opening what he described as "a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" to oil and gas leasing.The prediction...

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