Sen. Reid to push climate bill before immigration

* Reid to move energy bill before immigration reform

* Graham has pulled out of climate change compromise

By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON, April 28 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday he would work to pass
energy legislation before tackling immigration reform, a
strategy that might restore the bipartisan coalition behind the
climate change bill push.

“I am going to move forward on energy first,” Reid told
reporters at a press conference. “The bill’s ready. I don’t see
why we can’t do that.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pulled out of the effort
to craft legislation addressing global warming with Democrat
John Kerry and Independent Joseph Lieberman on Saturday,
leaving the future of the climate bill unclear.

Graham said he was upset that Senate Democratic leaders and
the White House were talking up the possibility of pursuing
immigration reform prematurely, complaining it could take away
time for a climate debate in the Senate.

Over the past six months, Kerry, Graham and Lieberman have
been writing a bill aimed at reducing U.S. emissions of carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020 from
2005 levels. The bill is expected to also include incentives to
spur offshore drilling and nuclear power.

That legislation is in line with commitments Obama made in
Copenhagen in December during an international summit that
attempted to set new global goals for tackling environmental
problems associated with climate change.

Reid’s pledge to consider climate legislation before
immigration reform still may not be enough to bring Graham back
to the negotiating table, however.

Earlier this week, Graham seemed to hint that any
discussion of immigration reform, even after passing a climate
bill, would be “breaking faith with me.”

Kerry, Graham and Lieberman had been expected to unveil the
legislation capping greenhouse gas emissions this week, after
working on the issue for about six months.

The remaining two senators sent the trio’s climate change
bill to the Environmental Protection Agency for an analysis of
its economic and environmental impact. [ID:nN27104692]

Even if the climate bill overcomes the current stalemate,
it will still face an uphill battle for support from
Republicans and moderate Democrats from states heavily reliant
on energy intensive industries.

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(Additional reporting by Rachelle Younglai)

Sen. Reid to push climate bill before immigration