Senate Cools on Climate Change

Bad news for polar bears: The Senate has delayed taking up climate-change legislation until “some time in the spring,” according to Majority Leader Harry Reid. It will first tackle job creation and financial regulation—signs that the body is reluctant to address the environment at a time of economic uncertainty. The White House, meanwhile, encouraged lawmakers to move as quickly as possible. It is moving ahead with plans to have the EPA declare greenhouse gases a danger to public health, which could trigger regulation.