Reid on climate change: ‘I hope we can address it’

In the Senate, a big emissions-capping bill died in 2010 without even coming up for a vote, and mandatory curbs continue to face huge political hurdles.

In Tuesday’s elections, Democrats expanded their Senate majority by two seats to 55, assuming Sen.-elect Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget Shanahan grilled on Pentagon's border wall funding Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law MORE (I-Maine) caucuses with them.

But a number of Democrats from oil-producing states have joined most Republicans in opposing climate legislation, and it's a nonstarter in the GOP-controlled House.

Various lawmakers may push a range of other proposals including improving coastal defenses from storms, expanding green energy and building efficiency to help reduce emissions.