Obama Blasts GOP Block of Climate Bill

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“This is a failure of our politics and a failure of leadership,” he says in a statement.

Also turns issue on McCain: Says he “claims leadership on the issue but opposes this bipartisan bill… The American people and those watching us around the world had every reason to hope that we would act… We can’t afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake.”

Comes after Dems fell a dozen votes short of getting votes to end a GOP filibuster on the bill, which would have required major greenhouse gas cuts, forcing Reid to pull the legislation from consideration.

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