Senators will probably try again next year on a compromise energy and climate bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.

Graham seemed to imply he did not expect the bill unveiled last week by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to advance in the Senate this year, meaning they will have to try again next year after the elections.

"We will take another shot at this next year, most likely, because the EPA begins to put regulations on carbon pollution, and that could really hurt our businesses if we let the EPA do it," Graham said on WVOC radio. "So this issue doesn't go away."

Graham had worked with Kerry and Lieberman on putting together a compromise bill, but the South Carolina Republican withdrew his support after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) threatened to move immigration legislation this year.

Kerry and Lieberman unveiled the long-awaited bill on their own last week, which Graham welcomed, though he said yesterday that its provisions on expanded oil drilling and other rules concerned him.

"At the end of the day, the drilling provisions and some other things just were a bridge too far for me," he said.

Other Republicans like Sen. Jim Inhofe (Okla.), a climate change skeptic, have said the Kerry-Lieberman proposal can't pass in its current form, though Kerry has said some Republicans are willing to cut a deal.

Reid said he'll meet with key committee chairmen after the Memorial Day recess to assess the prospects for the Kerry-Lieberman bill. Reid has kept the door open to moving a smaller, more tailored energy bill.

Graham also castigated Reid over the top Senate Democrat's position on immigration, arguing it was politically motivated.

"What Harry Reid's worried about is his own reelection," he said. "No one in their right mind thinks that the Congress is going to pass comprehensive immigration reform."