Congress grappling over US energy legislation approach

US congressional leaders say they remain focused on energy policy issues this fall but concede it will be hard to predict what the final legislation will look like.Senate Republican leaders last week said they want a pending Senate economic stimulus package to include leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain. That's a political nonstarter to the Senate Democratic leadership.The Republicans also want other energy-specific legislation in the stimulus bill, although it remains unclear whether their proposal will be a version of the approved House bill (HR 4) or a draft energy security plan being circulated by Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.).The House energy bill reache...

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