Last Wednesday the LA Times published a letter to the editor from Paul Oakley, exec dir of the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy, a coalition of manufacturers, coal producers and their allies that strongly supports Bush's "Clear Skies Initiative." Putting his best face on a political problem, he said that Inhofe had postponed a markup of the bill until this coming Wednesday to find an agreement on "workable, bipartisan multi-emissions reduction legislation."
In a sense, he's right. The reason the bill was pulled from the committee's agenda just prior to the February break was that it was deadlocked 9 to 9, with all Democrats together with Jeffords and Chafee opposed. The opponents have shown little indication of folding, even in the face of Inhofe's intimidation tactics. It's not that Republicans want to find a bipartisan solution, it's that they need to. If anything, the only bipartisan coalition is the one blocking the bill.
Inhofe also faces dissent within his own ranks, CongressDaily reminds us today (subscription only). Voinovich, who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the bill, wants to find a bipartisan compromise. That's something for which Inhofe has shown little taste.