API: Industry not ready to quit fight for energy bill

The American Petroleum Institute said last week its members are still pushing Congress to pass a comprehensive energy bill this year, although political realities may make that a difficult goal."We're not prepared to say we're giving up," said API Pres. Red Cavaney. However, he said getting the kind of legislation API wants through the Democrat-controlled Senate may be an uphill battle.Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said any legislation that includes a provision to lease a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain could mean senators would filibuster the energy bill indefinitely.Alternatively, Senate Democratic leaders have offered a floor vote on jus...

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