Congress gives cold shoulder to natural gas in energy bill

Powerful lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are increasingly favoring coal rather than natural gas in legislation to deal with global warming. In many areas of the U.S., coal would have a guaranteed price advantage over other forms of energy production under terms of a climate-change bill adopted by the House of Representatives in June. "The Senate is more open to natural gas as a transition fuel than the House was, but the senators from the coal states who are crucial votes are going to want first consideration for coal," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

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