How will lawmakers thread the needle when it comes to energy issues and electoral politics?
A major push is underway in Congress to create a legislative path forward on liquefied natural-gas exports and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline—and electoral politics are making a mark on both battles.
In the Senate, Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado is hoping the upper chamber will take up legislation to speed approval of LNG export terminals. A nearly identical bill introduced in the House by Udall's Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner has already passed out of committee though it has yet to be considered on the House floor.
And LNG exports aren't the only energy issue that's gotten tangled up in electoral politics. Moderate Democratic senators like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska who face a tough fight for re-election are pushing for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline on the other side of Capitol Hill.
Does either issue stand a better chance of moving through Congress? How have the midterms impacted the debate and what are the political considerations surrounding each issue? If either LNG exports or the Keystone pipeline get the greenlight on Capitol Hill who stands to win and who could lose?
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