The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline appears likely to prevent a Senate vote, with party leaders still bickering over a bipartisan energy-efficiency bill to which the vote was linked. The Keystone fight has drawn the efforts of at least 100 lobbyists in what experts say is a preview of larger debates in Washington debates over issues such as climate change. "[T]his whole advocacy campaign is probably just a small down payment on what the country will see when the harder-edged energy issues ... come into focus in the months and years ahead," write Alexander Burns and Andrew Restuccia.

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