Harry Reid: ‘Don’t be afraid to talk about climate change’

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He lauded the expansion of renewable energy projects in Nevada and elsewhere, noting the 2009 stimulus law that funneled billions of dollars into various green tech deployment programs.

Reid’s legislative options are limited in the divided Congress, but the Senate will debate a bipartisan energy efficiency bill when lawmakers return from their August break.

Beyond legislation, Senate advocates of curbing emissions are seeking to create political space for Obama's second-term climate plans that are based on executive actions, including carbon emissions standards for power plants.