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White House slows pace of new energy regulation

WASHINGTON — In one of the signature moments of his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama vowed that if Congress failed to act on energy and climate change, he would use his executive powers to do so.

Yet even as he was making this pledge, the White House was blocking several Department of Energy regulations to require that appliances, lighting, and buildings use less energy and create less global-warming pollution.

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