Congress has put a freeze on the Reagan energy plan for the winter. Members from frost-belt states are leading the opposition to his energy block grant bill. That bill would cut federal funding and allocate what's left by population. Energy conservation programs would be repealed and states would have to match US funds. Weatherization and fuel aid would be under a block grant.
A formula using population distribution would help rapid-growth areas, mostly in the Sun Belt. But it's Northern states that need the most aid.
Senate Energy Committee head James McClure (R) of Idaho is pushing Reagan's plan. Sen. Lowell Weicker (R) of Connecticut is opposing it. His alternative would soften cuts and protect weatherization aid that he sees as vital to New England.