Though it may seem as if fans of LNG exports, the Keystone XL pipeline, or green energy have nothing in common, there's one thing that brings these folks together: government inaction. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, chances are you're waiting for a decision to be made. For investors, that can be incredibly frustrating, given that these decisions can affect several companies, sectors, and future trends.

There are two areas of energy, however, that are surging ahead with or without government action: renewable power and energy efficiency. In this video, contributor Aimee Duffy talks with Tyler Crowe to illustrate the point by examining Wal-Mart's (NYSE:WMT) efforts to cut energy waste and develop cleaner-burning fuels.

Fool contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe have no position in any stocks mentioned. For more energy information, follow them on Twitter, @TMFDuffy and @TylerCroweFool.

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