A bill set to curb climate change has been blocked by Republicans in the US Senate.
If passed, it would have cut total US global emissions by 66 percent by the year 2050. But opponents claim it would have cost jobs and raised fuel prices.
Despite expecting at least 54 Senators to support the bill, a prior procedural vote exercised by opponents stopped the bill from progressing.
Even though Democrats will have to wait another year, they were not downhearted.
“This is a landmark bill. It does not happen overnight,” said Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer.
“But when you see a bill that goes from 38 votes to 54 votes – a majority of the Senate – and when you see the two presidential candidates who are both US Senators sending in statements they would have voted to keep this bill on the floor and complete it, it is tremendous.”
The Climate Security Act would have cut US greenhouse gases by about 2 percent and capped carbon emissions from a majority of US power plants and oil refineries. But with only a 19 percent reduction by 2020, the targets are being regarded as more modest than those set by the Kyoto Protocol which the US has rejected.