Kerry: Climate bill failure among biggest Senate regrets

Kerry, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and now-retired Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), labored in 2009 and 2010 to craft a sweeping emissions-capping and energy bill.

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But the effort suffered a mortal blow when Graham abandoned the talks, and the bill that Kerry and Lieberman later rolled out in 2010, lacking votes, never made it to the Senate floor.

Kerry, a longtime advocate of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, has vowed to make climate change and green energy a focus at Foggy Bottom, and the State Department’s work on the topics should give him plenty of chances.