Cap-and-Trade Foe Manchin Wins, Cap-and-Trade Fan Perriello Loses

Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Two other big results for the energy/climate crowd.

First, Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is projected to beat Republican John Raese in the West Virginia Senate race. Manchin campaigned heavily against cap-and-trade. In fact, in a now-infamous campaign ad, he actually shot the House climate bill.

Second, projections indicate that Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) lost his re-election bid to his opponent, state Sen. Robert Hurt, in Virginia’s 5th district. Hurt and others in the conservative Virginia district have criticized Perriello for voting for the House cap-and-trade bill. Environmentalists, for their part, targeted Hurt in a series of advertisements that focused on his support for increased oil drilling. In the end, despite an eleventh-hour campaign stop by President Obama, Perriello couldn’t pull off the win.

So far, it’s not been a good night for Democrats who voted for cap-and-trade. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who voted for the House climate bill and helped shepherd it through the Energy and Commerce Committee, is projected to lose his re-election bid as well. But others who voted for the cap-and-trade bill are projected to win their re-election bids, including Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

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Comment posted November 3, 2010 @ 1:16 am

Congratulations to Sen.-Elect Manchin! The Republicans should not have selected my Palm Beach, Florida neighbor John Raese to be a West Virginia politician. John has a beautiful home in Palm Beach and his daughters attend The King's Academy (, a leading private school in Palm Beach.

Comment posted November 4, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

This was a wave election in which voters channeled their economic outrage against incumbents across the board. However, here’s a striking statistic you probably haven’t heard: more than half of the Democrats who voted against the climate and clean energy bill were also voted out of office. And most members of the House who voted for the comprehensive climate and clean energy bill won re-election.

As the NRDC Action Fund’s recent polling results have shown, there is significant public support for candidates who promote clean energy and the related jobs. In California, voters resoundingly rejected Proposition 23, a move by Texas oil companies to roll back California's clean energy and climate law. The initiative’s demise demonstrates that, given the chance, voters will support clean energy — even in tough economic times, because they know clean energy creates jobs.

There's no doubt that big oil and corporate polluters spent millions of dollars in this campaign to pervert the public dialogue. Total spending approached four billion dollars – a record for midterm elections.

But to misrepresent this election as a referendum on clean energy reforms is not only misguided, it's plain wrong.

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