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Scaled-down Senate energy bill doomed – for now

After giving up on a sweeping climate-change bill last month, Senate leaders pulled the plug Tuesday on a scaled-down energy bill, dooming for the moment any effort to address what had been a major 2008 campaign theme for Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed the failure on Republicans and vowed to try again in September.

“We tried jujitsu. We tried yoga. We tried everything we can with Republicans to get them to come along with us and be reasonable,” Reid told reporters Tuesday.

But the bill also failed to gain the support of key Democrats from states that depend on offshore drilling, including Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu and Alaska’s Mark Begich. Both said they feared its impact on small producers and wanted a greater state share of federal offshore royalties.

Read more: Scaled-down Senate energy bill doomed – for now – The Denver Post

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