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.

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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 KerryFBI Director Comey sought to reveal Russian election meddling last summer: report Congress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide MORE (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill 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 MurkowskiElle honors 10 at annual 'Women in Washington' event Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing ObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote 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.