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Governor decries inaction on energy bill


Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Friday that Congress' failure to move energy legislation will slow investment in all types of coal projects — clean or dirty — but won't slow mining for the state's coal needed to supply current power plants.

The U.S. Senate recently dropped plans to pass a broad energy bill after it was clear there wouldn't be enough votes to support a so-called cap and trade proposal, or even a more limited approach that focused on utility carbon emissions. The plan was slammed by Republicans as a tax, and it made conservative Democrats uneasy.

Schweitzer, a Democrat, said...

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