"Can the administration fight climate change without stressing climate change?
The new Congress will usher in an unprecedented number of lawmakers who question the link between human activity and global warming. As a result, the Obama administration is abandoning its two-year quest to convince the public and lawmakers that global warming is a matter of scientific urgency. Instead, the president is talking about nuclear power use, natural gas exploitation and sales of electric cars.
In his press conference Wednesday, Obama said the cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gas emissions that his administration had advocated 'was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. It was a means, not an end.' "
Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson report for the Washington Post November 5, 2010.