During his prime time press conference Tuesday evening, President Obama was put on the spot about Congress' apparent unwillingness to go along with some of his budget proposals. The questioner listed a number of areas where Democrats on Capitol Hill may part ways, including the White House's proposed cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If Obama is worried, he didn't let on. Here's the part of his response dealing with cap-and-trade and, more broadly, a comprehensive energy bill: When it comes to cap-and-trade, the broader principle is that we've got to move to a new energy era. And that …
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Russ Walker is a former Grist.org editor.