"Obama Drops Plan To Limit Global Warming Gases"

"Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a ceiling on it.

"Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way," Obama said at a news conference Wednesday, a day after Democrats lost control of the House. "I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problem."

Legislation putting a limit on heat-trapping greenhouse gases and then allowing companies to buy and sell pollution permits under that ceiling narrowly passed the House in 2009 as a centerpiece of Obama's domestic agenda, but it stalled in the Senate.

Republicans dubbed the bill "cap-and-tax" because it would raise energy prices. They then used it as a club in the midterm elections against Democrats who voted for it. Thirty of the bill's supporters were among some 50 House Democrats whom voters turned out of office Tuesday."

Dina Cappiello reports for the Associated Press November 4, 2010.

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"A Surge in Lawsuits Challenging E.P.A. on Climate" (New York Times)

"More Compromise -- or More Confrontation -- on Energy Policy Just Around the Corner for Congress" (Greenwire)

"Republican Victories Boost Effort to Block EPA's Climate Rules" (Greenwire)

"States, Enviro Groups Urge Court to Let EPA Climate Rules Proceed" (Greenwire)

"House Goes Republican; Enviros Brace for Climate Changes" (ClimateWire)

"Greenhouse Gas Emissions Traders Refocus on State, Regional Programs" (ClimateWire)

"Obama to Face New Foes in Global Warming Fight" (New York Times)

"With GOP in Charge of House, Environmental Policy Will Shift" (McClatchy)

Source: AP, 11/04/2010