You can forget about Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill this year. Senate Democrats announced today that they're abandoning the fight to pass an energy bill that would limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, said that his party didn't have the votes to pass legislation that would reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Carol M. Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, said the White House supports Reid's decision but that there were "steps we can take today, important steps."

You gotta feel for Obama. He's facing an opposition party that's decided to throw everything it has into simply opposing anything he does. Climate change is a huge issue with a lot of powerful interests lined up on the side of maintaining the status quo, so when you add in a unified, obstructive opposition from the other side of the political aisle, you get a recipe for a long hard slog. The election in November does nothing but add to the chaos.

Whenever I get sad after reading green news all day, I'll bring up a video like this and try to forget how messed up things are out there.

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Climate bill dead in congressional waters
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls off efforts for the year to craft and pass a comprehensive energy bill after being unable to rally enough votes.