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President Barack Obama is continuing his push for a climate and energy bill, meeting Tuesday with lawmakers at a White House and urging them to pass a comprehensive bill this year.

Fourteen senators from both parties - including several who remain undecided on the climate bill - met for more than an hour with Obama, four Cabinet members and White House energy adviser Carol Browner.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama wants a comprehensive bill that includes a cap on emissions of pollution blamed for global warming.

A bill sponsored by Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., aims to cut emissions of pollution-causing greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020. While the bill would appears to abandon a broad "cap-and-trade" approach to reducing carbon pollution, it would apply different carbon controls to different sectors of the economy.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio were among other senators attending the meeting.


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