Bush Inspects EV Prototypes and Offers ANWR Compromise

ANWR compromise offered in effort to give drilling proponents edge in House/Senate compromise.

Published: 01-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 — In an effort to win enough votes in the Senate to pass President Bush's proposal to drill in a national refuge in Alaska, the Interior Department is considering narrowing the acreage that would be open to oil and gas exploration.

Mr. Bush's proposal is headed for debate this week as the Senate takes up broad energy legislation, an issue that divides Democrats and Republicans in Congress and pits President Bush against the Democratic leadership in the Senate.

The president campaigned for the Republican energy plan today by looking over prototype vehicles on the South Lawn of the White House and saying that "technologies developed by American ingenuity" would help lessen dependence on imported oil.

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