Reid: Climate bill success rests on GOP

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday praised the new Senate energy and climate bill but said passage this year will require “significant” bipartisan cooperation.

Reid is facing a tough reelection battle, and in a statement on legislation that Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) unveiled made the case that alternative energy development aids Nevada.

“All Americans would benefit from a comprehensive national energy plan that creates millions of clean energy jobs, improves our national security and reduces pollution. Already in Nevada, we have seen how critical investments in solar, geothermal and wind energy, as well as energy efficiency, creates reliable jobs that can never be outsourced and diversifies our state’s economy,” Reid said.

He said he would work with the bill sponsors, committee chairs and the White House to advance the measure, and welcomed ideas from colleagues to strengthen the bill. Reid has said he wants to move energy and climate legislation this year, but has acknowledged the need for Republicans to back the measure.

“To be successful we will need significant bipartisan cooperation, and I am hopeful Republicans will join us in working to further develop this bill so that it has broad support and can pass this year,” Reid said.