US Sen. Kerry cites progress on climate bill talks

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:26pm GMT

WASHINGTON Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Kerry on Thursday said that talks aimed at crafting a compromise climate control bill were "making headway," as he firmly rejected any notion that efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions were dead in Congress.

"I just don't agree with that interpretation at all," Kerry told Reuters, adding that he thought President Barack Obama made a strong pitch for legislation during his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.

Kerry added: "Comprehensive climate change (legislation) means pricing carbon and setting a target for reduction. It's open to how you price carbon. People need to relax and look at all the ways you might price carbon. We're not pinned down to one approach."

(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Editing by Sandra Maler)