US Senator Byron Dorgan [D-ND] said today he did not think the Senate would pass climate change legislation this year, but instead would focus on separate energy legislation that would require more electricity supplies to be generated from renewable sources and expand offshore drilling into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
"In the aftermath of a very, very heavy lift on health care, I think it is unlikely that the Senate will turn next to a very complicated and very controversial subject of cap-and-trade, climate legislation," Dorgan told reporters on a conference call. "I think it is more compelling to turn to an energy bill that is bipartisan." ...
Dorgan also predicted that the U.S. Senate would support a measure to mandate that as much as 20% of the country's energy come from renewable resources. The Senate energy panel had voted for a smaller 15% mandate.
Good luck with that last part. The Congress has already mandated a laughably high mandate for ethanol usage by 2022 that even the Department of Energy doesn't think is achievable.