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Obama Energy Team Shuffle Could Mean Removal of DOE Secretary

President Barack Obama won four more years in Washington Tuesday, but his energy team likely won’t be sticking around for that long, setting up some bruising confirmation fights in the Senate.

Democrats close to the Obama administration say EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar could all step down during Obama’s second term, though the timing is far from certain.

Of course, Democrats caution that nothing is set in stone and the politics of the second term, as well as the possibility of a lengthy confirmation battle over their replacements, could dictate who stays and who goes. But even ahead of Tuesday’s election, names of potential key replacements from the ranks of both business and government were circulating in Washington.