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Sorry for today's false start. Simply, House and Senate negotiators just weren't ready with enough agreements to make it worthwhile for the Members to meet. So we'll give it another go tomorrow: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Webcast: energy.senate.gov. At this stage of conference, there is no fixed agenda. Fewer than a dozen provisions remain, and all of these are eligible for discussion/action, at any time. Whatever part is ready to go, goes. Big Ticket Items which remain are electricity/RPS, ethanol, climate, taxes and ANWR; other sections that we aim to bring to an acceptable conclusion include research & development, non-ANWR oil & gas, non-CAFE alternative fuels, geothermal, hydraulic fracturing and hydro relicensing. Chairman Bingaman and his staff were looking forward to hosting you today in Russell. Didn't happen. So now we look forward to seeing you in Rayburn tomorrow.