Yesterday, a handful of Democrats and Republicans in Congress failed to be swayed by an 18-month effort to charge corporate polluters for releasing carbon dioxide, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to abandon major legislation on reducing carbon emissions. Instead, Reid will scramble to pass a smaller measure, with politically safe provisions, which addresses BP's oil spill, energy efficiency in buildings, and the use of natural gas in trucks. "I had to make a decision. We know we don't have the votes," Reid said. The move will likely leave a national climate bill passed by the House last summer lifeless, and environmental groups and renewable energy coalitions see it as an opportunity slipping away.
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