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Obama's move to cut methane emissions may hinge on the economy

As President Obama tries to build an enduring legacy on climate change, he is finding that the biggest obstacle in his path may not be his many critics in Congress or lawsuits from oil companies but the precarious state of the economy. That much was clear in the White House announcement Wednesday of what it framed as an audacious effort to cut by nearly half the greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production. Although the plan provoked predictable angry reactions from energy firms, it ultimately reflected an administration that is treading cautiously on its signature environmental cause, wary of disrupting — or even being perceived of disrupting — the boom in domestic...

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