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Detractors Say Anti-Pollution Bill Before Senate Could Lead to $8 Gas

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WASHINGTON - From higher electric bills to more expensive gasoline, the possible economic cost of tackling global warming will take center stage in the Senate today.

Legislation requiring a reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries, factories and transportation is set for debate. The goal is to cut heat-trapping pollution by two-thirds by midcentury.

Depending on who's talking, the bill could either help save the planet or help bankrupt the country. Texas could be one of the hardest-hit states, pro-business groups said.

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