Watching Government: Alaska dreaming

The US Congress is in an Alaska state of mind when it comes to energy policy.America continues to struggle with its long-term energy inten- tions. And Alaska, with large petroleum deposits, could offer homegrown solutions. The US could better leverage gas supplies if a new pipeline is built; opening a portion of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could ease dependence on oil imports.Most Americans don't buy into the radical environmental argument that resurging Middle East conflicts mean America should immediately wean itself from oil this generation. A new industry poll says 61% of the respondents believe the positives of exploration and production in ANWR outwe...

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