Another Greenwire article pointed out that the country could just as easily see more confrontation as compromise. Indeed, stories from The Washington Post to the San Antonio Express have reminded readers that the GOP is poised to launch major investigations into climate science and thwart the Environmental Protection Agency’s Supreme Court-mandated ability to regulate greenhouse gases as air pollutants. For that reason, perhaps, by Friday morning many news roundups (from the likes of Politico and the Society of Environmental Journalists) had started to focus on who will lead important House committees with jurisdiction over energy policy. But the future of climate legislation is neither the public nor the media’s only concern.
Elsewhere in Environmental Policy News
Thankfully, reporters have not focused exclusively on energy. Other interesting pieces since have explored the election’s likely impacts on basic scientific research (including financing for R&D), on transportation policy (including the future of high-speed rail), on agricultural policy, and on West Virginia’s coal industry.
Indeed, the days after the election have seen a surge of media interest in policies and regulations related to the environment. As always, E&E Publishing (producer of Greenwire and ClimateWire) has been the most prolific, churning out article after article under its “Campaign 2010” tag. Grist has also been producing a lot of copy, if you don’t mind a little bit of advocacy journalism. The Hill’s energy and environment blog, E2 Wire, is another great source of analysis on the environmental ramifications of the elction, as is Politico, if one searches for stories by either Darren Samuelsohn or Robin Bravender. The news department of the journal Science has been turning out great work under it’s “Election 2010” tag. And the Society of Environmental Journalists has been rounding up articles under its “Environmental Politics” tag.
Exploring these links, it doesn’t take long to see that where energy and environmental policies and regulations are concerned, the next two years are likely to exhibit a stark tension between a hesitant, restricted federal government and assertive states that vary widely in terms of their aspirations. One can only hope that the press does not fall prey to indifference, as it did in the months leading up to Election Day, and continues to remain as engaged on energy and the environment as it has been in the days since.