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What Health Care Reform Means for Climate Legislation: The passage of health care reform marks, “an enormous accomplishment. But to pass a climate bill of comparable scope, there would have to be the same kind of patient, sustained effort from Dem leadership in the face of setbacks and prognostications of failure. Only it would have to be faster (time is running out)….It’s just a more difficult hill to climb.” — Grist

Battery Capacity Glut? No Way, Says Report: Management consulting firm PRTM argues in a new report that, “the route to cheaper electric cars is high-volume manufacturing of lithium ion batteries,” and “people are underestimating the projected demand of electric vehicles when it comes to battery capacity.” — CNET’s Green Tech

Now, Back to the Climate Bill: After the House “passed a sweeping climate bill last June, the effort stalled in the Senate. And now environmentalists are being asked to agree to painful compromises that senators say are needed to get something — anything, really — across the finish line.” — Greenwire via NYT

SF Taxi Fleet Halfway to Green Goal: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom writes that hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles now make up 55 percent of the city’s taxi fleet. It’s been about two years since Newsom sponsored a law requiring the city’s cab companies to lower their greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. — HybridCars.com

TerraLUX Brings in $5.6M: “TerraLUX Inc., a Boulder, Colo.-based developer of LED solid-state lighting products, has raised $5.6 million in Series A funding. Emerald Technology Ventures led the round, and was joined by existing backer Access Venture Partners.” — peHUB

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