Associated Press: Murkowski announces national energy proposal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says a national energy plan should cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions but should not simply raise the price of petroleum to reduce consumption.

Murkowski says the cost of heating homes in rural Alaska can be 50 percent of a person's income and she's not going to be the senator who tells her state's residents that they must pay even more.

Murkowski is the ranking minority member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In a speech Monday, she unveiled her "blueprint for discussion" of a national energy plan.

Murkowski calls for developing additional petroleum development in places such as Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and setting aside some of the revenue for clean energy that could lower emissions.