Latest GOP Energy Bill Drops Arctic Oil Drilling Provision

Broad energy bill that would double Americans' use of ethanol

Published: 17-Nov-2003

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans on Friday finished a draft of a broad energy bill that would double Americans' use of ethanol, improve reliability of the nation's power lines and aim billions of dollars in tax breaks to energy industries.

The measure does not include one of Bush's top energy goals: opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil development. The provision was dropped after it became clear that Democrats and Republican moderates in the Senate would scuttle the whole bill over Arctic refuge drilling.

"Everything we worked on would be dead," said Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., when asked why the Arctic refuge provision was not included.

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