News Source: 
The Daily
June 20, 2005

WASHINGTON -- For the first time since President Bush rejected the international Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases, momentum is building in the Senate to begin addressing global warming.

However, skirmishing over competing proposals and continuing opposition from the House of Representatives and the Bush administration may prevent any plan from passing Congress this year.

The fate of the burgeoning effort to tackle global warming appears to hinge on whether Republican Sen. Pete Domenici decides to co-sponsor a modest cap on greenhouse gas emissions proposed by his fellow New Mexican, Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

An unprecedented joint statement by science academies from 11 nations, including the United States, earlier this month helped convince Domenici that there is now a consensus among scientists that human releases of heat-trapping gases threaten to increase temperatures and alter climate patterns, aides said.