Alaska Update: ANWR coastal plain leasing at center of storm over Bush energy policy

The political furor that has erupted over proposals to allow exploration and development on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge soon will reach fever pitch.At stake is perhaps the whole of President George Bush's energy policy, of which ANWR coastal plain leasing has been described as a centerpiece.In support of that initiative, energy policy legislation has been introduced in the US Senate and House that would implement a program of ANWR coastal plain oil and gas leasing. Hearings by US Senate and House committees on those bills in July set the stage for an ever-more acrimonious debate that could climax with congressional votes as early as September.Prop...

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