A crucial energy-and-climate meeting slated for Wednesday morning between President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators was postponed after the White House decided to set a meeting with Gen. Stanley McChrystal instead. Environmental groups have expressed concern with the delay, as it could harm the bill's prospects this year. However, the delay offers a "plus side," as it will provide Democrats time to refine their strategy before meeting with Obama, said Daniel Weiss, climate-strategy director at the Center for American Progress.

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