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Senate approves energy measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The Senate passed an energy measure on April 25, by a large margin, that includes an emphasis on increasing conservation and renewable fuels that The Washington Post is reporting is opposed by the White House and environmentalists alike.

The bill passed by a margin of 88 to 11 and is contrary to the Bush administration's efforts to develop more domestic sources of coal, gas, nuclear power and petroleum.

Environmentalists feel the bill does not go far enough and does not address how to develop wider use of cleaner fuel sources.

The bill received bipartisan support, despite being an initiative sponsored by the Democratic leadership and represents the second blow to the Bush energy policy in as many weeks with the defeat of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge drilling project.