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THE GREEN LATINO VOTE: OBAMA TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION

Fresh off his victory in health care reform, President Obama is wasting no time in moving on to one of his next goals: climate change policy.

The White House says it wants Congress to pass an energy and climate bill this year, but the debate is expected to be just as tense and drawn out as it was for health care. The president will likely once again be forced to compromise in order to secure key votes. Last summer, the House passed the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions and let companies trade permits to emit carbon, but legislation has stalled in the Senate, largely due to opposition from lawmakers representing coal and oil states.