McConnell to Obama: Don’t link Gulf spill to climate bill

“I can't think of anything more inappropriate than to suggest that a national energy tax is an appropriate reaction to this environmental disaster in the Gulf,” McConnell said at a Capitol press briefing with other senior Republicans.

“To the extent that the administration wants to focus on legislation which might be appropriate in response to the crisis that actually exists, which is the oil spill in the Gulf, I think they'll find that many of our members will be interested in being involved in that,” he added.

But the authors of the main Senate climate plan — Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) — are rejecting claims that it would impose burdensome expenses. They’re touting a new EPA analysis that shows their legislation would have only modest average household costs, in the range of $79 to $146 annually.