Debate heats up over U.S. Energy Policy, as Senate Bill is introduced



Wrapping their proposal for a national energy policy in the cloak of national security and economic prosperity a group of mostly Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on February 26 that was praised by numerous industry groups as far-reaching, long overdue, and striking a balance between energy production and environmental protection.

The bill was panned by some other senators and conservation groups as short-sighted because of what they said are its measures to continue relying on fossil fuels that could produce increased greenhouse gas emissions, its inadequate focus on energy-use efficiency and alternative energies, and—perhaps most controversially—its call for opening parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil drilling.