What energy and environment issues should President Obama and Congress focus on this year?
The politics of the presidential and congressional races will likely overshadow policymaking on Capitol Hill, but that doesn't mean energy and environment policies will be absent. Several big issues are coming down the pike: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has said he will introduce a clean-energy standard this year. Congress could address expiring renewable-energy tax credits early in the year. EPA is on track to issue first-ever national standards for greenhouse-gas emissions. And if all goes as planned for Shell, the oil company could begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean as soon as this summer.
What policies should Congress focus on this year? What, if any, new policies should Obama try to push as he fights to keep his job? What issues, such as the Keystone XL pipeline and EPA, could become flash points during the election season? Will Washington be able to accomplish anything on energy and environment issues this year as most of the political class focuses on the election season?