Climate Change, Clean Energy Changed the Election

Perhaps climate change was never mentioned by the presidential candidates, but it and clean energy made a difference in the 2012 elections, as Congressional candidates targeted by environmentalists for their positions on climate and energy lost Tuesday in large numbers, reports Douglas Fischer at the Daily Climate. Three and likely four out of the five climate change denier incumbents targeted by the League of Conservation Voters lost their seats, while 9 out of 12 targeted anti-clean energy incumbents lost theirs. The League poured $3 million into unseating the deniers. Additionally, those candidates designated “climate heroes” by environmental groups such as Citizens Determined to Elect Clean Energy Champions, led by Bill McKibben and others, mostly won their races. “Our goal from the outset was to change the politics on climate change,” said League spokesman Jeff Gohringer. “We sent a message that it’s not acceptable to be a member of Congress and turn your back on scientific fact.” Gohringer noted that the results overturned conservative conventional wisdom, proving that environmental champions are indeed desirable and viable political candidates.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.

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Enviro groups see big win in efforts to put climate, energy on election agenda. The 2012 election was supposed to be all about the economy. But in state and federal races throughout the country, candidates targeted by environmentalists for their positions on climate and energy lost Tuesday in large numbers. Daily Climate Douglas Fischer http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2012/11/climate-election

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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