Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), discusses global warming on Capitol Hill after Senate Democrats abandoned plans to pass an energy bill. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and White House energy adviser Carol Browner look on. (Associated Press)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), discusses global warming on Capitol Hill after Senate Democrats abandoned plans to pass an energy bill. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and White House energy adviser Carol Browner look on. (Associated Press)