Midterm Elections Debrief: What the Results Mean for the Environment and Climate Action | Earth Day Network

The midterms elections are behind us. So what do the results mean for the environment and climate change action? Good reports are below.

“Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways” (Brad Plumer and Lisa Friedman, New York Times)

Several key climate policies on the ballot, including a carbon tax in Washington State and an aggressive renewable power target in Arizona, were defeated soundly. But Democrats who favor clean energy also took control of a number of key governorships and state legislatures, opening doors for expanded action… More…


“How Did the Environment Do On the 2018 Ballot?” (Eve Andrews, Grist)

Unprecedented spending by the fossil-fuel industry proved effective in defeating climate-friendly ballot initiatives in several western states. But there were a couple pro-climate statewide propositions that passed — including one in Florida!!!! — and several fresh candidates took out longstanding climate deniers in tight House races…. More…


“The US Just Elected 9 New Scientists to Congress, Including an Ocean Expert, a Nurse, and a Biochemist” (Hilary Brueck and Peter Kotecki, Business Insider)

“Scientists are essentially problem-solvers,” Shaughnessy Naughton, the president of 314 Action, told Business Insider before the election results came in…. More…


“Clean Energy Is a Winner in Several States as More Governors, Legislatures Go Blue” (Dan Gearino, Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News)

The six states that are gaining Democratic trifectas may be the first places where renewable energy agendas advance… More…


“Voters Rejected Most Ballot Measures Aimed at Curbing Climate Change” ( Brady Dennis and
Dino Grandoni, Washington Post)

“What we learned from this election, in states like Colorado, Arizona, and Washington, is that voters reject policies that would make energy more expensive and less reliable…” More…


“Climate Activists to Nancy Pelosi: Go Big or We Won’t Go Home” (David Roberts, Vox)

activists called on Pelosi to lead Democrats in developing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to address climate change — a Green New Deal. Halfway through the protest, rising Democratic star and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited to show her support, which drew a torrent of media coverage…. More…