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Climate change bill unlikely?

Created: 6/17/10 (Thu) | Topic: Issues

Apparently so. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday where he said he cannot support a cap-and-trade program or carbon fee to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The lack of Brown’s support is seen as a major setback to passing climate change legislation in Congress this year.

In his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, Obama called for comprehensive energy reform, but did not propose an emissions cap. This is also viewed as a key blow to passing climate change legislation in the Senate.

Obama is said to know the chance of passing climate change legislation is slim and he wants to avoid a public failure. The Hill quoted an unnamed senior Democrat in the Senate who said, “He knows that if he mentioned a carbon cap, his success or failure would be measured by his ability to get it.”

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) said a nationwide cap on emissions is unlikely. “It’s going to be difficult,” Bingaman said.

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