Authors of the Senate climate bill didn't hide their courtship of Big Oil when crafting an industry-friendly proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) claimed giving the industry access to more domestic offshore drilling would help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of oil, all the while appealing to swing-vote senators. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) boasted that he had sewn up endorsements from three of the country's major oil companies, with their representatives headed to the press conference where the bill would finally be unveiled. But then came the Gulf Coast spill, with oil behemoth BP PLC culpable for an estimated 200,000 gallons of crude flowing every day into the Gulf of Mexico.