Climate bill could split in two, Hoyer says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cap-and-trade legislation pending in Congress may be split in two to ensure that parts that encourage the use of more alternative energy sources can pass the Senate now that Democrats control one less seat, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday.

Elements that limit carbon emissions may be handled separately now that Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat that was formerly held by a Democrat, Hoyer said.

“We ought not to let one be the victim to the other, if you will,” he said. “I think we can move ahead on energy independence, I’m hopeful we can move ahead on the CO2 issue as well but I don’t want to have one be the victim of saying we can’t do one without the other.”

Reporting by Andy Sullivan, editing by Bill Trott