The Senate's current version of a climate-change bill includes a provision that requires the Department of Energy to create regulations aimed at establishing building-code efficiency by January 2014. The climate-change bill has been condensed to just 1 1/2 pages and includes no specific energy-savings mandates. Meanwhile, observers say the White House has the power to move ahead on climate change on its own if the bill stalls because the EPA has the ability to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act.

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