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The Senate has struck down part of the 's energy policy, voting to bar oil and exploration or coal mining inside federally protected national in the West. Montana Republican Conrad Burns argued country is in dire need of new energy : "If that resource is there. And it can done in an environmentally sensitive way, why is bad or wrong?" Democrat Patty Murray argued the should look elsewhere: "We know what we need to , and we are taking action. But we know don't need to drill for natural gas in national monuments." Environmentalists, meanwhile, have applauded the vote.