Senate Likely to Block ANWR Drilling and Raise CAFE

Senate Commerce Committee delaying CAFE vote as Kerry and McCain work out language to significantly boost fuel economy standards, likely starting with 2005 model year.

Published: 06-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said on Tuesday he has the votes necessary to block Republicans from adding language to a broad energy policy that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The fate of the pristine refuge on Alaska's north coast has been a long-simmering battle between Democrats and Republicans in writing a policy to promote more domestic energy supplies, renewable energy sources and conservation measures.

Under Senate rules, Republicans would need to convince 60 of the chamber's 100 members to vote for opening the refuge and at the same time block a threatened filibuster of the legislation by Democrats opposed to drilling in the wilderness area.

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