As the Senate began debate Monday on legislation to limit greenhouse gases, utility companies and the coal industry insisted public funding was needed to make carbon capture and sequestration technology a reality. The energy companies are lobbying for $20 billion in government research over 20 years, and one Senate bill under consideration would provide nearly $16 billion through 2050. But other researchers insist that money would be better spent on technologies that won't require 15 to 20 years to develop, such as wind and solar power.

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