Kerry Charges Bush Energy Plan Leaves US More Oil Dependent

Teamster Union backs ANWR drilling because of the high-paying union jobs it would create.

Published: 23-Jan-2002

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The Bush administration's energy plan will make the U.S. economy more dependent on oil and was designed to help Enron (ENRNQ.PK) and oil companies, not the American public, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, a likely presidential candidate in 2004, fired the opening salvo in what was expected to be a bitter, partisan fight this winter over a national energy policy that is a legislative priority for both parties.

Republicans have endorsed a plan to boost oil supplies by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while Democrats contend more conservation measures and stricter fuel efficiency for gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles can accomplish the same goal without ravaging the wilderness.

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