Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said it's unlikely a climate bill will become law this year. He called on the next Congress to consider a more "piecemeal" approach, beginning with curbing emissions from the utility sector. Reid lauded the efforts of senators who supported a utility-focused climate bill, which ultimately faltered in August. Meanwhile, Reid remains confident that a narrow energy bill containing provisions to spur the sales of natural-gas-fueled trucks and promote energy efficiency in homes could advance this year.

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