Reid on climate change: ‘I hope we can address it’

In the Senate, a big emissions-capping bill died in 2010 without even coming up for a vote, and mandatory curbs continue to face huge political hurdles.

In Tuesday’s elections, Democrats expanded their Senate majority by two seats to 55, assuming Sen.-elect Angus KingAngus Stanley KingManchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs Trump, senators headed for clash on cyber policy MORE (I-Maine) caucuses with them.

But a number of Democrats from oil-producing states have joined most Republicans in opposing climate legislation, and it's a nonstarter in the GOP-controlled House.

Various lawmakers may push a range of other proposals including improving coastal defenses from storms, expanding green energy and building efficiency to help reduce emissions.