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US Senate Committee on Energy and natural Resources Chairman Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.) last week said his omnibus energy bill is a "starting point" that will be used to help frame a national energy policy with the help of Democrats and the White House.
"We are going to start the hearing process and then wait for the White House bill," Murkowski said at a press briefing Mar. 20, following a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce.
Democrats and environmental groups have criticized Murkowski's bill, the National Energy Security Act of 2001, for focusing too much on boosting fossil fuel supply without trying to curb that demand through alternate fuels. …