CONGRESS EYES EFFORT TO LIFT U.S. PRODUCTION

Patrick Crow Washington Editor A key question these days for Washington oil lobbyists is whether the recent Middle East war will prompt Congress to do more to encourage domestic oil and gas production. At least Congress plans to examine the issue. The Bush administration has sent a proposed National Energy Strategy (NES) to Capitol Hill, urging-among other things-leasing of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

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