1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
Elevation of Shaheen-Portman bill heralds shift to small-bore energy legislation
The death of cap-and-trade legislation three years ago sent a clear message to those waiting on Congress to tackle energy policy and climate change: Big bills are out. Since then, lawmakers have adjusted their focus away from comprehensive energy legislation and toward smaller-bore measures that could attract broad support from Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and industry executives. Such a bill has proved elusive in the intervening years, and one has to look back to 2007 to find the last example of significant energy legislation making it to a president's desk.