The next three weeks represent Democrats' last, best shot at getting an energy and climate change bill passed this year.

In the White House and the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it's moment-of-truth time. People on every side of the energy debate say that Reid must unveil a concrete plan backed by a full-court press from the president this week, or the entire effort will fall apart in the run-up to the midterm elections.

After weeks of indecisive caucus meetings and passionate but vague speeches calling for "comprehensive energy legislation," Reid's office on Friday assured POLITICO that clarity, at long last, is coming.

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