Senate action on climate bill seems doomed

Jun 6, 6:56 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans appeared ready to turn back an ambitious plan to reduce the risks of global warming after a week in which bipartisan bickering and political posturing seemed to drown out the environmental debate.

Supporters of a bill that would require greenhouse gases to be cut markedly and nudge the nation's energy priorities away from fossil fuels acknowledged privately Thursday that they don't have the votes to overcome strong opposition to the measure.

Even some Democrats shied away from supporting the legislation when it became clear that because of maneuvering by both sides they would not be able to get changes in the bill that they viewed as critical to their support.

President Bush has said he viewed the bill as a tax on Americans and he would veto it should it ever reach his desk.