Election 2010 Results: How Did The Environment Fare?
The 2010 Midterm Elections were heated in many states, and there were a multitude of significant ballot measures up for grabs.
The decisions made by voters on these important propositions, amendments and measures will have an impact on the role America takes with regard to issues of energy and the environment.
Here’s a re-cap of what happened when the votes were tallied:
1. California’s controversial Prop. 23 was rejected by a decisive margin of 61.3 percent. This proposition would have dismantled one of the most comprehensive clean energy laws in the nation. Californians also rejected a proposition that would have increased vehicle license fees to fund state parks and wildlife programs, and Prop. 19, which would have allowed adults to grow their own local, organic pot for recreational use.
2. Georgia passed an amendment that will authorize multiyear state contracts for energy efficiency and conservation projects.
3. The state of Maine approved a measure that will create a $9,750,000 bond to invest in land conservation and working waterfront preservation and to preserve parks, to be matched by $9,250,000 in federal and other funds.
4. Washington voters repealed a sales tax on candy and bottled water and a temporary excise tax on soda pop, and rejected a bill that would have authorized $505 million bonds to finance energy-efficiency projects in public schools and higher-education buildings, and continued the sales tax on bottled water that is set to expire in 2013.
In a news conference, Obama said that in the absence of any hope of getting an energy and climate bill passed in the Senate to match the bill passed by the House in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases. “The EPA wants help from the Congress,” he said, but pointed out that the agency is under a court order to deal with greenhouse gas emissions as a pollutant.
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