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How the midterm elections will affect environmental legislation


John Boehner, the new speaker of the House, once said: "The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical."  Congresswoman-elect Vicky Hartzler has called global warming a hoax.  And I don't want to get started on the Tea Party again -- but the victorious Rand Paul does not believe in man-made climate change.

Meanwhile, Washington Republican Doc Hastings who is likely to become the new chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, wants the Obama administration to keep on drilling for oil and gas, both offshore and on federal lands.

The House of Representatives now only has FOUR Republicans who have publicly admitted that global warming pollution is real.   (Yet, NONE of them voted in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act!!!)

If you want to get really disturbed, check out Grist's list of climate change deniers who won on Tuesday.  

Republicans, and Tea Partiers in particular, tend to also be against the EPA which is very scary.  Pundits are theorizing that John Boehner will do anything to stop the EPA from instituting greenhouse gas regulations.  

But, it's not all bad.  Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown won in California and incumbent gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick won in Massachusetts -- both are huge supporters of clean energy and climate change initiatives.

Oh, also while you're at the Grist website, check out the different climate-oriented ballot initiatives to see what passed and what didn't.   The list has its ups and downs.

ETA:  President Obama assured the country that he won't give up fighting global warming.  "I'm going to be looking for other means to address this problem," he said.  Read about it at MNN.