Obama confident but acknowledges tough road ahead on energy

President Obama said Tuesday that moving a major climate and energy package through Congress next year will be difficult, but expressed confidence about selling the bill on economic grounds during the mid-term election year.

“I think there's no doubt that energy legislation is going to be tough,” Obama said in an interview with the Washington Post. “But I feel very confident in making an argument to the American people that we should be a leader in clean energy technology, that that will be one of the key elements that will drive growth for years to come.”

The House narrowly passed a major climate and energy bill in June, but legislation is moving slowly in the Senate amid widespread GOP opposition to mandatory greenhouse gas emissions curbs, and reluctance among several Democrats as well.