The Senate's top Democrat -- Majority Leader Harry Reid -- says he wants to take up a bill to tackle global warming by the end of the summer.
Reid told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday night that he expects the Senate to take up an energy bill in the next two weeks and, he hopes, deal with the issue of global warming late this summer.
There is widespread agreement that the climate issue must be addressed. But there remains sharp disagreement over the details on just how to do it.
Many Republicans argue that the Democrats' plan to cap greenhouse gases may be too expensive and produce higher energy costs.
Nevertheless, Reid says he is convinced that many senators want to move on the issue this year.
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