01 December 2004 18:24 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--Outgoing US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham predicted here Wednesday that Congress soon will pass long-sought national energy policy legislation, including drilling access to the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) in ?xml:namespace>
Speaking to a meeting today of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), Abraham said: “With the new and large Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, we will soon see passage of the energy bill, and it will include ANWR.”
Abraham, who announced last month that he is resigning as energy secretary, spoke with NPC members about tight energy supplies and refining capacity in the
Abraham said that access to oil and natural gas reserves in ANWR is essential to
“It is just common sense that we access those reserves,” Abraham said. “It is a solution to a very serious problem” of
The Arctic National Wildlife Reserve comprises some 19m acres on the northeast coast of
In a meeting with reporters, Abraham also reiterated Bush administration opposition to anticipated plans by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to order a reduction in member countries’ production output in the first quarter next year. Opec is to meet 10 December in
“We are against [Opec] trying to set production levels in an attempt to control oil pricing,” Abraham said. “That practice is not consistent with the marketplace.”
Abraham announced 15 November that he will resign as energy secretary, effective with Senate confirmation of his successor. He told President George W Bush he wants to spend more time with his family.
The NPC is a privately-funded advisory council to the US Department of Energy (DoE). Its 175 members are appointed by the DoE.
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