It’s clear that Wyden-Murkowski energy bipartisanship gives a breath of fresh air in an often repressive legislative atmosphere. It’s well understood, of course, that the buck doesn’t stop with either Senator. Any potential new energy innovation policy will require passage by the full Senate and House, and the signature of the President – not an easy task to overcome, even armed with the power of bipartisanship in the Senate Energy Committee. If anything though, it gives energy innovation policy a fighting chance; a lead out of the gate. That’s far more than any advocate, policy wonk, or policymaker has been able to say for a few years and it’s enough to keep hope alive.