Environment and Clean Energy Not Behind GOP Surge

U.S. Environmentalists say that despite a Republican rout in the recent election, the rejection by voters of California's Prop. 23 (which would have suspended enviro regulation if unemployment was over 5.5%) shows that wasn't the issue.

The Christian Science Monitor talks with Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, who says that they are "of course disappointed" by the loss of some pro-environment elected officials, but overall the news isn't too bad:

"In the one race where the words ‘global warming' were literally on the ballot, voters overwhelmingly voted for clean energy, and did so in a state with the country's third highest unemployment rate," said Karpinski.

However, says reporter Mark Clayton, more Republicans in Congress does increase the likelihood of an agenda that would include more oil drilling domestically and possible rollbacks of emissions controls.

Full Story: Did Americans reject clean energy by voting Republican?

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