Even if you had been living under a rock, you probably knew that this week was not only the midterm elections, but one of the most important elections in a while. And while the debate for many was about control over the Senate and House, these midterm elections were also important for the environment, especially on the state level.
A number of states had major environmental propositions on their ballots Tuesday. This included Colorado, for example, with Proposition 112, a measure about where companies can frack. Elsewhere, in Florida, was Amendment 9, addressing offshore drilling (and interestingly enough, vaping).
So with the environment, and especially climate change, of such importance in this election, the New York Times shared five post-election takeaways. In summary from the New York Times:
In the Trump era, much of the action to fight climate change has been happening at the state level. On that front, the results were mixed: 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.
On the national level, Democrats recaptured the House and are expected to put climate change back on the agenda, albeit cautiously. But the electoral churn also meant that one of the congressional Republicans who was, in theory, most open to engaging on the issue lost his seat.”
Read the full story in the New York Times here.
Meanwhile, see a few other recent environmental headlines below.
- The Oceans Are Warming Even Faster Than We Previously Thought (Forbes)
- 6 ways ordinary people can prevent climate change, according to researchers and advocates (NBC News)
- Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says (Guardian)
- Preserving the Wealth That Conservation Built (New York Times)
- Are You Throwing Away Things That Could Be Repaired (Refinery29)
- As Forests Shrink, State And Nonprofits Partner To Help Wildlife On The Move (Vermont Public Radio)