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By Paul Rolfe
Environmental advocates may be feeling a paler shade of green after the mid-term elections. There were some big wins — and some big losses. Tree huggers are celebrating the failure of Prop 23 in California — keeping the state’s climate change law and renewable energy requirements intact — but CNBC reports that things aren’t so bright on the federal level.
“One other thing with the GOP takeover in the House, it is unlikely there will be any sort of greenhouse gas / carbon cap and trade coming at a federal level. If we look in California, this is why so many green advocates and analysts have been looking at Prop 23.”
Business Green says climate change will slip further down the agenda, with the budget deficit and healthcare reforms expected to become the main focus for Republican in Congress. Grist’s Christopher Mims put it most comically when he said:
“If you’re a person in favor of action on climate and clean energy — in other words, a climate hawk — you’d be forgiven for thinking that now is a good time to pop a Glock in your mouth and make a brain slushy.” Continue reading Ups and Downs After Midterms for Environmentalists