By MICHAEL BASTASCH
- Voters in Arizona, Colorado and Washington rejected global warming-related ballot measures.
- Nevada voters approved a campaign to raise their green energy mandate, which was backed by a billionaire Democrat.
- There was no “green wave” this election, and environmentalists are already blaming the oil industry.
Not only did a Democratic “blue wave” fail to materialize on Tuesday night, the “green wave” of major global warming and energy-related ballot measures largely failed to get voter approval as well.
Voters in Arizona, Colorado and Washington rejected measures aimed at fighting global warming, despite two of those states being in Democratic hands. (RELATED: Climate Caucus Republicans Suffer A String Of Election Defeats, Including Their Pro-Carbon Tax Leader)
The “Green New Deal” in Washington state went down in flames, with voters overwhelmingly rejecting a state ballot measure to tax carbon dioxide emissions, despite its support from Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.
Washingtonians voted against the carbon tax initiative 56 percent to 43 percent, according to state election officials.
“The voters have spoken,” Tom Pyle, president of the free market American Energy Alliance, said in an emailed statement.
“It’s time to listen to them and focus on policies that expand the availability, affordability, and reliability of energy, rather than on policies that makes energy more scarce, more expensive, and less reliable,” said Pyle, a former Trump transition team leader opposed to carbon taxes.