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Obama halts EPA smog rules

In capitulation to business interests that objected to the proposed rules, President Obama has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to tighten ozone regulations.

With Congress gridlocked on climate legislation, environmental groups forge ahead

Despite the Gulf oil spill, a massive pipeline break in Michigan and broad concerns about global warming, ambitious climate-change and energy legislation is likely dead for the year. That poses a conundrum, going forward, for environmentalists: How to convince lawmakers of the need for legislation to sever the country’s decades-long ties to oil and to reform energy policy more generally?