Lawmakers scale down climate bill

01/27/2010 | NYTimes.com

The prospects appear dim for a comprehensive bill to combat global warming, so advocates are taking a more modest approach that might have a better chance of approval. Democrats initially wanted a cap-and-trade system to curb emissions of climate-changing gases, but they are now resigned to a less ambitious plan that focuses on job-creating energy projects and energy-efficiency measures. "Realistically, the cap-and-trade bills in the House and the Senate are going nowhere," says Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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