The big loser in the 2010 Gubernatorial elections is America’s clean energy economy. Overall, the Republicans picked up 11 governorships from the Democrats: Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The GOP also gained back the Florida governorship. By comparison, the Dems only picked up California, Hawaii and Vermont.
The race is still officially undecided in Connecticut, although reports indicate that the Republican candidate is ahead, and in Minnesota the winner has yet to be announced, but the Republican candidate is said to be leading.
The governors of Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma, and Wyoming are global warming deniers and conspiracy theorists who are getting ready to lead a crusade against a rational approach to climate change.
In Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, four Democratic governors who have supported clean energy were replaced by Republicans who are beholden to the old energy economy.
Republican governors are now virtually unanimous in their dismissal of global warming. They do not recognize the threat posed by climate change, nor do they support clean energy.
By denying the fact of global warming, Republican governors preclude the need to respond. However, what seems like a clever political strategy may in fact prove to be disastrous. By eschewing clean energy opportunities these governors risk turning their states into economic wastelands.
The Foxes in the Henhouse: Republicans in Charge of Climate and Energy Committees
Republican Gubernatorial Gains and US Carbon Trading Programs
Republican Gubernatorial Gains and Redistricting
Republicans’ Anti-Science Stance on Global Warming
Republican Strategy for the 2010 Midterms and Beyond
Republican Political Finance and the Midterm Elections
Republicans Undermining Climate Legislation
Green Stimulus Spending and Republican Opposition
Environmental Issues in California and 5 Key Senate Races
The 2010 Midterms and the Fight Against Climate Change
Deniers Deprived of Misinformation Strategy
The Dangerous Diversion of Climategate
The Business of Climate Change Deception
The New International System: The Role of Government
What is Wrong with the Right