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In a press conference he held to address the results of the 2010 elections, president Barack Obama made a none-too surprising statement: That comprehensive climate and clean energy reform is kaput for at least two years. He still maintained that he would try to push smaller initiatives through Congress in a piecemeal fashion, but he admitted more significant policy was all but dead for the time being. Here's what he said:From M&C; News:
With Republicans now in control of the House, "it's doubtful that you could get the votes to pass that through the House this year, or next year, or the year after," Obama said in a press conference at the White House.The conventional wisdom seems to say as much -- that thanks to the GOP's relentless efforts to brand it a tax, cap and trade became toxic to incumbents' reelection chances, and that support for Obama's energy policies left sympathetic Democrats out in the cold. I'm not exactly sure this is the case -- more on that tomorrow -- but it's certainly true that we can rule out anything resembling cap and trade making its way to Congress over the next couple years.
But Obama insisted the US could still achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions without cap and trade. He cited bipartisan agreement on developing natural gas, electric cars and nuclear energy.
"Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat,' Obama said. 'It was a means, not an end."