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 Washington voters repealed a sales tax on candy and bottled water and a temporary excise tax on soda pop, and rejected a bill that would have authorized $505 million bonds to finance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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Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago


wilma s.
wilma s.7 years ago

Duly noted.

Mila Christ
Past Member 7 years ago

I voted yes on marijuana legalization, no on 23, and yes on the funding state parks one. Could've gone better, true ... but at least our Governor isn't Whitman.

Elaine Dixon
Elaine Dixon7 years ago


Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago


tom Booth
tom Booth7 years ago

whats up washington- Didn't you get the memo

julia c.
julia C7 years ago

we all know big buisness rule the goverments, so even when some politician, in this case obama, does not agree with it being that way, it is difficult to make changes without support.
our support, in this case more specifically YOUR suppot!
so instead of turning your backs on one of the few politicians who actually CARE, we need to support and pressure, so that what we REALLY want can't be denied.
i think we all have a lot to learn about how things really work and the immense obstacles that are incessantly created to stop the good from prevailing.

Grace A.
Grace Adams7 years ago

Good for CA, GA, and ME. In the light of Congressional elections, President Obama needs to take a good look at exactly what he can and can't do as an administration without any cooperation from Congress. Maybe some private corporations will be willing to do something to help. Maybe letting fossil fuel corporations invest their carbon emission bids in clean energy technology instead of writing a check to the IRS would actually get some money invested in clean energy technology.

Jeffrey M.
Jeffrey M7 years ago

Yeah, way to go USA, that will really show Obama. Just wait until the whole country is in shambles. Then he'll be really sorry for not doing that stuff you wanted but forgot to request.

Nope, I think you may have made a mistake on this one. Oops. Let's hope we all live through it.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.