The White House's top energy adviser Carol Browner is leaving the White House, which brings in question what happens next with energy and climate initiatives for President Obama.
The president is expected to bring up clean energy in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, but there is doubt how much he will able to get done after Cap and Trade initiatives failed in Congress last year.
"Well he may or may not recognize it, but the fight is over," said Larry Sabato, director of politics for the University of Virginia.
And hopes for new legislation Sabato says is dim. "That energy bill as currently constructed has zero percent chance of passage so that is over and maybe Carol Browner leaving is an indication the president understands that or maybe she and certain interest groups are unhappy that it won't pass, but in any event it's over with."
The White House at the end of last year understood prospects of energy legislation passing wasn't likely to happen, and instead was simply just having the Environmental Protection Agency implement new regulations. This got Republicans fired up, and with the House controlled by the GOP, gave them a more viable outlet to take on the administration's policies.
What makes his energy policy even more in flux, is that it isn't clear if Browner will even be replaced, possibly with her position going away.
Officials say a clearer sense of what will happen will be coming soon with other staffing reorganization in the mix.
Most recently President Obama named GE's CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who will chair a new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The administration recently moved away from Paul Volcker's position on the President's Economic Recovery of Advisory Board, doing away with the name and spot all together and wrapping in that role to Immelt's.
White House aides downplayed media reports Browner was unhappy she did not get a deputy chief of staff job.
Browner is expected to stay as long as necessary through any transition process.She was a key voice for the administration during the BP oil spill last year.
Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.