Sunday, October 17, 2010

The 2010 Midterms and the Fight Against Climate Change

With less than two weeks to go before the 2010 midterm elections, polls are predicting Republican victories that could crush hopes for energy and environment legislation.

Americans appear oblivious to the important environmental implications of the congressional elections. Many Americans do not appear to be interested in the crises that have been surmounted by the Democrats, nor are they interested in understanding how Republican leadership helped to create these crises. Instead the Democrats are being blamed for unemployment and a slow economy.

In the gubernatorial races Democrats are likely to see heavy losses across the industrial heartland, although Democrats remain competitive in big states such as California and Florida.

In the Senate, Republicans are poised to make significant gains and in the House of Representatives, they may even achieve majority status.

Over the course of the last two years, the Republicans have made their knee jerk opposition well known. A Republican majority in the House or the Senate would dash any hope for the Democrat's legislative agenda. Even without a majority in either chamber, significant Republican gains will undermine the President's mandatory reductions on greenhouse gas emissions and it will impede the Democrats' drive for comprehensive climate control legislation.

Although Democrats may have difficulty holding the House, weak Republican candidates spawned by the Tea Party may make it easier for the Democrats to hold the Senate.


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