Environmental groups avoid comments on specifics of climate bill

"Today’s action by Senators John Kerry (Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (Conn.) jumpstarts the Senate debate over America’s energy future. Their unwavering leadership has been critical to the progress made thus far. It is time for America’s leaders to get serious about a comprehensive clean energy and climate policy that will reduce our oil dependence, enhance our security, revitalize our economy and protect our environment," states a collection of groups including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Environment America and many others.

"President Obama and leaders of both parties in Congress must provide the leadership necessary to develop a clean energy and climate solution that becomes law this year," they add.