Top oil lobbyist: New climate bill will never reach Senate floor

Gerard noted that the expansion of natural gas production, which is allowing gas to increasingly displace more carbon-heavy coal, has helped drive the recent reduction of U.S. carbon emissions without legislation.

“The United States has done more than anybody else around the world to reduce their carbon emissions, and that is due largely to the increased use of clean burning natural gas,” Gerard said in the interview broadcast Wednesday.

Climate legislation faces grim prospects in Congress. Green groups are pressing President Obama to take more aggressive steps using his executive powers, such as imposing carbon standards on existing power plants.