Obama plans to 'immediately engage' with Republicans on energy policy

President Obama said Wednesday that he plans to “immediately engage with Republicans” next year in an attempt to pass an energy bill.

But speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Obama also said he still needs to “figure out” how to deal with energy issues.

The future of energy policy in the next session of Congress is very much in flux. But, facing a Republican majority in the House and more Republicans in the Senate, Obama has indicated he is willing to compromise. Following the November midterm elections, Obama specifically mentioned nuclear energy and natural gas as potential areas of compromise.

That was good news for many Republicans, who have long advocated for those issues. But it was frustrating for many Democrats and environmentalists who believe it’s important to focus on renewable sources, like wind and solar.

The senators involved in the failed attempt to broker a compromise on climate change earlier this year — John KerryJohn KerrySenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war MORE (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Trump 'absolutely' showing weakness on Sessions Senate rejects ObamaCare repeal, replacement amendment Trump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal MORE (R-S.C.) — have all expressed interest in working on energy issues next year. And Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiScaramucci: 'I'm more of a front-stabbing person' compared to D.C. backstabbers Trump targets Murkowski after healthcare votes Warren: Entire country must speak up on GOP healthcare bill MORE (R-Alaska), the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, respectively, hope to revive parts of the energy bill that passed their panel in 2009.