Okla. lawmakers see hope for energy
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While some Republicans have been outraged with Democratic leader's actions on an energy bill, Oklahoma's lawmakers see some hope.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. J.C. Watts, both Republicans, say Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) did the right thing to pull the energy bill from a legislative panel. The move will ensure energy is considered by the end of the year, said the pair.

Inhofe had tried to sneak in provisions to a $345 billion defense bill that would have opened up the Arctic National Widllife Refuge to oil and gas development. But when the Senate was considering the bill, members voted unanimously not to debate such controversial amendments and passed the defense package.

The House has already approved drilling.

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Energy bill prospects cheered (The Daily Oklahoman 10/11)

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Pro-Development site -

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