In his State of the Union address, President Obama supported construction of new nuclear power plants, offshore oil and gas drilling, and development of advanced clean-coal technologies. In return, he called on Congress to pass "a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America."
Will the White House's proposal energize Senate negotiations to curb U.S. emissions of global warming pollution? Can the nuclear, oil drilling and coal provisions win votes among fence-sitting moderates in both parties? Will the environmental groups stick with Obama, despite their past opposition to nuclear power, offshore oil drilling and new coal plants? Will corporate America rally behind the White House and push the Senate to act?