Browner won’t forecast climate bill timeline


But Democrats’ focus on the economy and jitters about the mid-term elections, combined with resistance among many lawmakers to emissions caps, has bred uncertainty about whether climate legislation will remain on the 2010 agenda.

Browner, however, cited several signs that comprehensive climate and energy legislation is moving forward. She proclaimed herself heartened by the joint efforts of Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBringing the American election experience to Democratic Republic of the Congo Some Dems sizzle, others see their stock fall on road to 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to craft a compromise plan.

Browner also said that support for climate legislation among businesses groups, environmentalists and unions is a good sign, claiming there is a “meeting of the minds” that’s crucial to moving major environmental legislation.