Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday announced the broad outlines of an energy bill he said he will bring to the floor in two weeks. The legislation, cobbled together after months of politically sensitive negotiations, will likely include a controversial cap on emissions from electric utilities that could make it very difficult for the bill to pass.
Reid declined to give specifics of "the rough draft," but said it would have four main sections. The first will be a response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The second will focus on clean energy, consumer savings, and jobs. The third deals with reducing consumption, and the fourth is aimed at reducing emissions from power plants.
"At this stage, we haven't completed it, but we're looking at a way of making sure that when we talk about pollution, that we're focused just on the utility section," Reid told reporters after a meeting with Senate Democrats.
Aides declined to fill in the details of the far-reaching bill. They refused to say if the plan would put a price on the carbon emissions coming from utilities as envisioned in the "cap and trade" program favored by liberal Democratic senators but fiercely opposed by many centrist Democrats and most Republicans.
Reid wouldn't answer a direct question about whether the bill would include a "cap on utility carbon emissions."
"Those words are not in my vocabulary," he responded. 'We're going to work on pollution."
Reid met briefly on the issue Tuesday afternoon with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Carol Browner, who is the White House official in charge of energy and climate change issues.