Senate Democrats Unveil $15 Billion Energy Plan

$15 billion energy bill favors more emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Published: 01-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON -- The Teamsters don't like it because Arctic oil drilling is left out, the United Auto Workers don't like it because tougher fuel-economy standards are included, and Republicans don't like it, period.

But the $15 billion energy bill the Democratic-controlled Senate is about to take up has strong support from environmentalists and others who like its slant toward energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, said he is unsure of the final outcome for a bill that is markedly different from the $30 billion House measure that emphasizes drilling and production over conservation.

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