Senate Climate Bill Sidetracked by Reid

Sorry guys, speaker needs immigration reform more
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Senate Climate Bill Sidetracked by Reid
Senators Joe Lieberman and John Kerry share a word during a news conference at the annual Munich Security conference in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/dapd, Christof Stache)

A Senate climate change bill is expected to see the light of day Monday—the work of John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham—but the bipartisan trio has already been told it won't see action on the floor any time soon. Harry Reid says an immigration bill will get priority; the majority leader needs immigration reform to solidify Hispanic support in his brutal reelection battle in Nevada, Politico notes.

And, to make the odds longer, the bill has already been slammed by Greenpeace, whose director says, "It’s clear that polluter lobbyists have succeeded in hijacking this climate policy initiative and undermined the ambitious action necessary.” Greenpeace is pushing for tougher emissions reductions goal, and objects to billions devoted to coal and nuclear energy research. Politico predicts that some other green groups will join Greenpeace in opposition, but they're waiting until the bill is officially rolled out to take a stand.

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