Senate Debate Over National Energy Plan Begins

Events of September 11th seens as adding heightened urgency to develop comprehensive energy policy, but parties divided over solutions.

Published: 15-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Friday will begin debating a new U.S. energy policy, with Republicans and Democrats at odds over how to reduce oil imports, whether to drill in a pristine Alaskan refuge, and how much to raise fuel standards for gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles.

Energy policy took on new significance after the Sept. 11 attacks, with the White House arguing U.S. national security depends on adequate energy supplies at affordable prices.

The Democratic-led bill would reach that goal by boosting mileage requirements for vehicles and promoting renewable energy sources and energy conservation measures.

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