What major energy and environment issues will Washington face in the new year?
President Obama said recently that after the fiscal cliff, energy is his third-ranking priority for his next four years, after immigration and economic growth. That order doesn't bode well for big congressional action on energy and environment policy. Issues will nonetheless demand attention from the White House and Capitol Hill, including fossil-fuel exports, new environmental regulations, and the administration's looming decision about the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.
What opportunities do Obama and Congress have to work together on more-incremental energy and environment policies? Are there some sleeper issues that will come out of the woodwork to demand more of Washington's attention?
Do you foresee any political appetite to go big on energy and environment policy, such as a putting a price on carbon emissions or adopting a national clean-energy standard? If so, what components would a broad package deal include?