Durbin: Dems share climate-free lunch

Durbin, asked about the mood among moderate Democrats following Brown’s win, replied, “I haven’t counted the votes.”

“I have never been asked to. Too soon,” he said.

Reid hopes to bring up a climate and energy bill in the spring. But Brown’s win is raising questions about whether Democrats will shelve efforts to impose greenhouse gas emissions limits, and perhaps take up a package of only energy provisions instead.

For now, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) say they’re moving ahead with efforts to merge emissions limits with increased domestic energy production.