Watching Government: ANWR heating up in Congress

Social Security reform proposals are much more conspicuous in the general press. But that doesn’t mean Congress is ignoring oil and gas issues.That’s especially true of authorizing leases on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, which has become more prominent the past few weeks than the comprehensive energy legislation that President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans say is years overdue.The House is keeping the two issues separate. ANWR is being debated within the Resources Committee, while the Energy and Commerce Committee is handling the larger energy bill. Separating the two should keep the strong opposition to opening ANWR to any sort of d...

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