- Associated Press - Sunday, June 20, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate sponsor of a climate and energy bill said Sunday that supporters are still short of the 60 votes they need to advance the legislation.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said about 50 senators support the bill while 30 others oppose it. That leaves 20 or so senators undecided.

A major sticking point has been the bill’s approach to carbon emissions, which are blamed for global warming. Mr. Lieberman said capping carbon pollution and putting a price on it is at the heart of the bill. Republicans reject the idea of a carbon tax.

President Obama has called a bipartisan meeting to discuss the climate bill and other energy matters on Wednesday.

Mr. Lieberman appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”