It's a good thing ESPN doesn't cover federal energy policy. SportsCenter fans like to tune in to the previous day's 10 most exciting plays: At-the-buzzer half-court shots, walk-off home runs, hail Mary passes. But federal energy policy in 2011 (and 2012 for that matter) may be as exciting as Ohio State football under Woody Hayes: three yards and a cloud of dust. Incremental gains-when they come-will be the norm. There even may be some yardage lost depending on how cranky Congress is when it convenes in January. The renewable energy highlight video for 2011 is likely to be pretty boring.