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T.S. Eliot proves prophetic on the Hollow Men of the U.S. Senate:

Lack of votes for Senate Democrats' energy bill may mean the end

By Perry Bacon Jr.

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, July 23, 2010; A02

Conceding that they can't find enough votes for the legislation, Senate Democrats on Thursday abandoned efforts to put together a comprehensive energy bill that would seek to curb greenhouse gas emissions, delivering a potentially fatal blow to a proposal the party has long touted and President Obama campaigned on.

Instead, Democrats will push for a more limited measure that would seek to increase liability costs that oil companies would pay following spills such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico. It also would create additional incentives for the development of natural gas vehicles and would provide rebates for products that reduce home energy use. Senate Democrats said they expected to find GOP support for the bill and pass it in the next two weeks.

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