What should Congress try to do on climate and energy policy during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress, which starts this week?
Lawmakers from both parties have a long wish list, including passing a renewable electricity standard and a bill promoting electric and natural gas vehicles; revamping offshore drilling rules; renewing expiring ethanol subsidies; and delaying EPA's carbon emissions regulations. But how much (or how little) will be accomplished on these issues depends largely on the other agenda items the Democratic leadership will prioritize and how long the session lasts, both of which are unclear right now.
What should be at the top of the agenda next week and throughout December? Will the coming shift in the political landscape compel Democrats to make a last-ditch push for a lame-duck energy bill?