Do the results of the 2012 election pave the way for Washington to achieve bipartisan energy and environment policies?
With President Obama winning another four years in the White House, Democrats retaining control of the Senate, and Republicans keeping control of the House, things look as they did before Election Day. Democrats gained two seats in the Senate and are expected to gain a handful in the House as well. Time will tell whether these gains translate into a more ambitious--and successful--congressional agenda.
In theory, a second-term president has the political freedom to implement more ambitious policies than in a first term when seeking reelection. Whether Obama pursues that route and has cooperation from Congress is an open question, especially on such controversial issues as climate change and energy policy.