Republican Gubernatorial Gains and Clean Energy

The big loser in the 2010 Gubernatorial elections is America’s cleanenergy 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 alsogained back the Florida governorship. By comparison, the Dems onlypicked up California, Hawaii and Vermont.

The race is stillofficially undecided in Connecticut, however, early reports indicatethat the Republican candidate is ahead. Neither has the final outcomebeen announced in Minnesota, but the Republican candidate is said to beleading by 8,781 votes.

The governors of Illinois, New Mexico,Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma, and Wyoming are global warming deniers andconspiracy theorists and they are getting ready to lead a crusadeagainst a rational approach to climate change.

In Iowa, Kansas,Oklahoma, and Wyoming, four Democratic governors who have supportedclean energy were replaced by Republicans who are beholden to the oldenergy economy.

Vermont and Hawaii had the only two Republicangubernatorial candidates who acknowledged climate change and they wereboth defeated.

Republican governors are now unanimous in theirdismissal of global warming. They do not recognize the threat posed byclimate change, nor do they support clean energy.

By denying thefact of global warming Republican governors preclude the need torespond. However, what seems like a clever political strategy may provedisastrous. By eschewing clean energy opportunities these governors risk turning their states into economic wastelands.

Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the owner of THE GREEN MARKET, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. He is also the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, enviro-politics and eco-economics.

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