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Daschle Outlines Possible Resolution To ANWR Dispute

Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) has come up with a plan that is an apparent attempt to resolve the political standoff over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The Democratic leader has offered Republicans the opportunity to vote Monday (Oct. 15) on drilling in ANWR, while Daschle is proposing an alternative approach that includes the construction of a natural gas pipeline that he claims would boost U.S. energy supplies much sooner.

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Senate Democrats Push Quick Passage Of Comprehensive Energy Bill

Senate Democratic leaders have announced that they will bring comprehensive energy legislation rapidly to a floor vote, avoiding a potentially divisive markup of the legislation at the committee level. The move is an apparent response to pressures from Republicans and energy industry officials who have been calling for quick action on a national energy policy following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Energy Secretary Touts Fuel-Efficient Cars To Reduce U.S. Dependence On Foreign Oil


Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham is encouraging American consumers to purchase fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles as a way to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. The push puts the administration in the awkward position of calling for greater fuel efficiency after rebuffing calls by environmentalists over the past several months to tighten national fuel economy standards.

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Senate Republicans Renew Threat To Force Floor Vote On Energy Legislation

Senate Republicans have renewed a threat to attach energy provisions, that would include such controversial language as drilling in Alaska, to must-pass legislation this year, arguing that boosting energy supplies are an important national security concern.

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NAS Expected To Resist Automaker Demands Over CAFE Report

A panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) appears unlikely to make substantial changes to a landmark study on fuel economy standards released last summer, despite requests from automakers that the panel alter the report because it is too optimistic about potential improvements in fuel efficiency that could be achieved by the industry.

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House Lawmakers Negotiate Possible Deal On Nuclear Liability Bill

House lawmakers are scrambling to reach a deal on indemnifying contractors who handle nuclear waste as part of legislation to renew liability limits for nuclear power plants in the event of an accident. The lawmakers are working to reach a compromise before the bill is taken-up by the Energy & Commerce Committee. Sources say the committee has not yet set a date, but one lawmaker says a compromise could be reached within the next few days.

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Senate Energy Chairman Agrees To Take Up Security Bill

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has announced that he will mark up a limited energy bill dealing with security issues, indicating a shift from the chairman's earlier statements that he would continue to press for comprehensive energy legislation without a separate security bill.

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Inhofe Backs Off Threat To Attach GOP Energy Bill To Defense Authorization

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has backed off from his threat to attach GOP-backed energy legislation to a defense authorization bill that is racing through the chamber following recent terrorist attacks. The senator, along with all his colleagues, unanimously voted to support a "cloture" motion that bans non-germane amendments to the defense bill.

The vote was intended to end days of uncertainty regarding final passage of the defense measure after Inhofe and others threatened to attach non-military related provisions to the bill.

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EPA Ombudsman Declines Investigating Yucca Mountain Rule Amid Allegations Of Outside Pressures


EPA's independent waste investigator has decided to not take up allegations of administration misconduct in pressuring the agency to adopt a health and safety standard that would essentially clear the way for construction of a federally proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Proponents of an investigation claim the agency's independent investigator, referred to as the ombudsman, was under intense internal pressure to reject reviewing the dispute.

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