With health care capturing Congress’ full attention, more and more law makers, Democrat and Republican alike, believe progress on the climate bill is unlikely for 2009, according to Politico.com.

Many Republicans, as well as Democrats from the Midwest and the South, oppose the cap-and-trade proposal and believe any legislation will be postponed until 2010.

 “The reality is [the health reform bill] is going to happen before cap and trade,” said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson, who’s been working with farm-state senators on the climate legislation. “Who knows if it will ever come out of the Senate?”

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have both signaled doubt on the ability to get Senate approval on a climate change bill this year.

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Source: Politico.com