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No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

Global warming met Tuesday with a cool reception from voters as ballot initiatives targeting fossil fuels went down to defeat in several states, defying environmental groups raising alarm about catastrophic climate change.

Voters rejected a near-ban on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado; a tripling of the renewable-energy standard in Arizona, and a landmark tax on carbon emissions in Washington, underscoring the climate movement’s difficulty in convincing voters that costly government policies are needed to save the planet.

“What we learned from this election, in states like Colorado, Arizona, and Washington, is that voters reject policies that would make energy more expensive and less reliable to them, their families, and the larger economy,” said American Energy Alliance president Thomas J. Pyle.

“There is little doubt that those who authored the defeated initiatives will try again, but we hope they have finally learned their lesson,” he said. “The voters have spoken.”

He may have been referring to San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, whose NextGen America sunk $22 million into the Arizona’s Proposition 127, which would have raised the renewable-energy standard from 15 percent by 2025 to 50 percent by 2030. Read more

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No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives

No green wave Voters ice state climate-change ballot initiatives