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SOTU Preview: Energy & Environment

US News & World Report offers a preview of President Obama's State of the Union address, with special focus on energy and the environment:  

"One year after President Barack Obama made investment in clean energy and climate change initiatives signature parts of his 2013 State of the Union address, and six months after he rolled out his Climate Action Plan, top energy and environmental policy experts offered their predictions to U.S. News & World Report on which items will make it into Obama's 2014 address Tuesday night."  

"Topping the list: the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, a key component of the Climate Action Plan."  

"'It's the most comprehensive plan he's put out there for attacking carbon pollution, the impact of climate change and climate change mitigation,' says Jason Smerdon, a professor studying environmental policy at Columbia University. 'It's maybe the most topical given what he's done this past year.'"  

"Climate change resiliency and oil imports also likely will get mentions, but not the Keystone XL pipeline. Experts and news reports predict that the controversial project – which would build a pipeline between Canada's tar sands and oil refineries in the United States and is awaiting the president's approval – won't be on the agenda."

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