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United States: Obama misses opportunity on climate change

PRESIDENT Barack Obama addressed the US from the Oval Office last month, intending to reframe the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in terms of a push for legislation on climate change. He failed

For the country's environmental lobby it was seen as a big opportunity to revive the Climate Change Bill in the Senate, at a point when few politicians would defend producers of fossil fuels. Only a few weeks earlier, the consensus had been that the Bill was lost, as the compromise of extending drilling permits in return for national carbon limits was undermined by the oil spill. Now campaigners were asking why Obama didn't take this environmental tack earlier. Expectations of the speech were also raised by Obama's choice to speak from the Oval Office, his first of the presidency. But Obama failed to spell out how the Climate Change Bill should move forward. He gave no deadline for it to be

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