It's Official: No Senate Climate Bill Before "Early Spring"

Nations have now officially decided that the Copenhagen meeting will yield little more than a few political promises and they are now looking for a comprehensive deal in Bonn in June next year or a later 2010 meeting. So Democratic leaders in the Senate have scaled back hopes to get a floor vote the Senate climate bill, which passed committee amidst rancor and controversy earlier this month

Senator John Kerry (D–MA) told reporters late yesterday that he won't try to bring the Senate climate bill to the floor before Copenhagen, which begins in 19 days.

Reuters on the news most have been expecting for months:

Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is leading Senate negotiations on a compromise bill to tackle global warming, said he and other Democrats were working toward "trying to see if we can get this to the (Senate) floor sometime in the early spring, as early as possible."

Last week, Kerry had said he hoped the outlines of a compromise climate bill could be sketched out before the Dec. 7-18 global warming summit in Copenhagen that will be attended by some 190 countries.