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November 8, 2018

Top Stories

A Congress divided

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:42:03

 As predicted, Democrats managed to win control of the House last night, while Republicans expanded their Senate majority. A divided Congress means Democrats will quickly have to strike the balance between pushing their base’s desire to counter President Donald Trump and their electoral mandate to actually get things done. [ read more … ]

Governor, land commissioner wins bring blue wave to New Mexico

Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:41:23

“What we did tonight is send a very clear message that this state is ready to lead in so many ways,” Lujan Grisham declared to hundreds of supporters in Albuquerque. The first thing she brought up was energy. “We will lead in renewable clean energy, and we will be known as the clean energy state of America,” she said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways

By Brad Plumer and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:43:06

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. [ read more … ]

‘Upbeat’ EPA employees ‘looking forward to January’

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:44:17

EPA employees will have newly empowered allies on Capitol Hill next year. Under the Trump administration, career staff at the agency have seen colleagues leave in the hundreds while faced with proposed budget cuts by the White House. Some are now comforted by the upcoming change in House leadership as Democrats prepare to take charge next year. They believe that protection for employees is on the way. [ read more … ]

Wash. carbon fee goes down in setback to greens nationally

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:42:22

A proposed carbon fee in Washington state appeared headed for resounding defeat yesterday, capping off a disappointing night at the ballot box for climate hawks. Voters also overwhelmingly rejected a renewable portfolio standard in Arizona and an enhanced oil and gas setback proposal in Colorado. [ read more … ]

Nevada Voters Uphold Warren Buffett’s Utility Monopoly

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:42:49

Nevada voters rejected a measure to let customers choose their own electricity provider by 2023, preserving the near monopoly Warren Buffett’s NV Energy Inc. holds in the state. The measure, backed by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, was defeated Tuesday, according to Associated Press tabulations. It would have forced NV Energy, owned by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., to open its retail business to competition and potentially sell power plants. [ read more … ]

A night of ups and downs in oil patch states

Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:43:23

Colorado voters chose a progressive Democrat as governor but rejected a ballot proposition that would have cut down on oil and gas drilling in the state. The results highlighted an uneven night for the energy industry in statehouse elections and ballot initiatives around the country. [ read more … ]

Gov.-elect Newsom will inherit ambitious climate policies

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:43:47

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) handily won his race yesterday to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown (D), setting up the state’s first Democrat-to-Democrat gubernatorial handoff since 1887. Newsom defeated San Diego businessman John Cox (R) 57 percent to 43 percent. [ read more … ]

Ariz. renewable measure fails as Nev. sees split decision

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-08 04:44:01

Voters in Arizona trounced a proposal to require more renewable energy yesterday, while Nevadans backed a similar measure but easily defeated a plan to usher in retail electric choice. The results capped months of campaigning that saw tens of millions of dollars pour in from utility and clean energy interests. The mixed outcome offers a window into the priorities of Western voters as they weigh different forms of energy and the role of mandates and competition. [ read more … ]

 

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