Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., has joined a growing number of senators pushing for climate-change and energy reform by introducing legislation designed to help utilities taper off their use of coal-fired power plants and spur the development of nuclear power.

The bill, which was introduced last week, would provide some benefits to power utilities but would not provide the funding for other infrastructure that is included in the climate-change package proposed by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. Those two senators today are expected to announce the results of a federal economic analysis of their bill.

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