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Climate Bill May Still Pass This Year, White House’s Gibbs Says

Climate-change measures scrapped by the Senate may still be passed this year, according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

A bill capping carbon-dioxide emissions blamed for global warming isn’t “essentially dead for the year,” Gibbs said today in his briefing for reporters. Scaled-back energy legislation may be passed by the Senate and then changed during negotiations with the House of Representatives for a final bill, he said.

The House passed legislation limiting carbon pollution last year while a similar measure lagged in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has said there aren’t enough votes for climate provisions to be included in an energy bill aimed at setting tougher safety rules for oil and gas drillers.

President Barack Obama said today that he will keep pressing for climate-change legislation

The Senate’s current bill is an “important step in the right direction,” Obama said after meeting with congressional leaders. “But I want to emphasize it’s only the first step, and I intend to keep pushing for broader reform, including climate legislation.”

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