Asked Thursday when the House would pass an energy measure that seeks to reduce carbon emissions and possibly impose a cap and trade system, Pelosi said simply: "This year."
Pelosi, who refers to climate change as "the flagship issue" of her speakership, said the political dynamics in the Senate won't impact her decision to move legislation in the House — even though her own moderate members have expressed apprehension about passing a bill if the Senate doesn't act. House moderates are particularly concerned that being forced to vote on a major global warming bill that has no chance in the Senate, since that vote may hurt them politically in conservative districts.
"We're building our consensus," Pelosi said, "and when we're ready, we'll bring it to the floor. I've never been driven by a Senate timetable or what they're willing to pass. We set our own pace and our own standard here."