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Energy World Reshuffling in Baucus' Wake

Laura Barron-Lopez | The Hill

With the confirmation of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) to be ambassador to China on Thursday, Senate committees will begin a reshuffling of the upper brass.

With Baucus out as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) will take the helm, which opens up the top post on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

This ushers in what could be a new style of leadership from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who will take Wyden's seat as the chairwoman of the committee.

Landrieu and ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tend to find themselves on the same side of energy battles in Congress. Two big ones to watch out for: Keystone XL and crude oil exports.

The two will likely be an energy power duo to watch.