Moderate Senate Democrats have begun urging the White House to give up on a cap-and-trade climate change bill in 2010, according to Politico.
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is one of at least a half-dozen who do not want to take up the divisive issue in an election year after the battle over health care legislation has split voters.
Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) suggested working on an energy bill without cap-and-trade, an idea that has surfaced many times in the last six months.
Senator Joe Lieberman (Ind-Conn.) insists to the two measures must go hand-in-hand. He's working on a bipartisan draft bill with John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
However, Politico notes that Kerry suggested flexibility on cap-and-trade in comments he made in Copenhagen: "I can't tell you the method or the means or amount by which we might price carbon," he told reporters. "We haven't resolved that issue yet.”
Earlier this month, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced a climate change bill that employs a cap-and-dividend system, which is essential a limited carbon tax.
Read the Politico story at the link below.