Editorial: The ANWR priority

The president of the United States wants Congress to approve oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain. The new secretary of energy says he'll be an "energetic advocate" of leasing. The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wants Congress to make the long-awaited move. Yet the US producing industry acts as though it has other priorities (OGJ, Jan. 10, 2005, p. 21).Against the political odds, President George W. Bush made ANWR leasing the core of an energy policy he proposed early in his first term. The initiative actually survived the House of Representatives but eventually fell victim to environmental opposition. That opposition ...

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