ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman says it's unclear whether Congress will be able to pass cap and trade legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions this year.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Tuesday there's no consensus on what form a cap and trade system would take.
The New Mexico Democrat says there's a strong desire in both chambers to pass other energy-related bills that would reduce emissions. Carbon emissions are blamed for global warming.
Bingaman was in Albuquerque to tour Schott Solar Inc.'s manufacturing plant, where both photovoltaic panels and thermal receivers for solar power plants are produced.
Schott officials say state and federal policies are helping set the stage for their success, as well as the nation's transition to renewable energy.