WATCHING WASHINGTON THE ANWR LEASING ISSUE

with Patrick Crow There are no signs in Congress that confrontation will turn into compromise on the issue of leasing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain. The current tactic, wrapping ANWR leasing in the flag of a National Energy Strategy (NES), appears not to be working. Energy Sec. James Watkins and Interior Sec. Manuel Lujan have said the president should veto an NES bill without ANWR leasing because it would amount to half an energy policy.

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