Democrats to unveil alternative energy plan

US Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) this week is expected to introduce legislation that fellow Democrats say will provide a more pragmatic approach to energy policy.The bill is in response to a comprehensive Republican energy proposal that includes a controversial provision to drill on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska (OGJ Online, Feb. 26, 2001).The Republican plan also would offer expanded tax incentives to marginal-well producers and a host of other regulatory relief measures for the oil, gas, electric, nuclear, and coal industries.Demos' viewBingaman and other Democrats argue that the Republican proposal seeks only to ramp up supplies ...

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