SCENARIOS-Republican election impact on climate control

Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:33pm GMT

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON Oct 11 (Reuters) - Republicans are poised to make big gains in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, putting them in position to reverse Democrats' drive for comprehensive climate control legislation.

President Barack Obama's Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

A Republican takeover of either chamber, or even large gains by Republicans, will make it harder, or impossible, for Obama to win legislation imposing mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from smokestacks and tailpipes.

That's especially true if next year's Senate is populated by more skeptics of human-caused global warming. Democrats in coal states like West Virginia are struggling to win on Nov. 2, partly due to Obama's climate change proposals.[ID:nN09267513]

Even with tough opposition though, Obama still has the power to shape climate change policy. And Republican bills that stray too far from Obama's energy and environment goals will surely be vetoed.

Here are some possible moves to look out for if Republicans do well at the elections.


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