Graham would vote for 'our' climate bill but says spill complicates passage

But he gave a pessimistic assessment of its chances, noting hardened opposition to provisions to encourage offshore drilling.

Graham still thinks that language is necessary: “I realize that drilling politics has changed. But the need for offshore exploration is still there because of our dependency on OPEC oil.”

“Our bill would expand the potential to drill because of revenue sharing. I believe revenue sharing has to be part of any drilling plan. If it's not part of any drilling plan, I won't support it. And critics of drilling say that's an expansion. I disagree.”