Updated Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m.: With President Obama winning another four years in the White House, Democrats retaining control of the Senate and Republicans control of the House, things look generally the same now as they did before Election Day 2012. Now that the results are in, how does potential action on energy and environment issues change in Washington?
Original question, posted Monday, Nov. 5:
What are the major energy and environmental policies that hinge on the Election Day's outcome?
President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have focused heavily on energy issues this election season, but they have given much less attention to environmental issues and global warming. Down-ballot races in both the Senate and House have pretty much followed this pattern.
Electoral politics aside, whoever wins the White House and the lawmakers who control the House and Senate will confront critical energy and environmental issues, including rules controlling air pollution, energy exports, and global warming.
What are the major energy and environmental issues that Washington must address postelection? Which policies could change the most depending on party control of the White House, the House, and the Senate? Are there any measures that could garner bipartisan support?
Or--contrary to the prevailing wisdom--are energy and environmental issues largely independent of who controls the federal government?