Kerry: Jobs bill no threat to climate plans

“It is not a sufficiently broad enough piece that it has the ability to satisfy what needs to be done on the full energy front,” added Kerry, who praised the planned inclusion of the energy-efficiency measures in the jobs bill.

Kerry is working with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on a bill that would merge greenhouse gas emissions caps with support for various energy technologies, including nuclear power.

But it remains unclear whether the Senate will act on climate legislation in 2010. Mandatory curbs on greenhouse gas emissions face opposition from many Republicans and some centrist Democrats.