by Axios | Updated on 11.7.18
The oil industry and a big utility fended off three ballot initiatives that would have been bad for their businesses after pouring millions of dollars into separate efforts across a trio of Western states.
Why it matters: The industry wins are stark examples of how money-fueled negative messaging can persuade voters. It also shows how fights over energy policy have moved to the states as the issue remains mostly off the table in Washington.
By the numbers: Collectively, incumbent energy companies spent nearly $100 million fighting the proposals.
At least two big energy-related ballot initiatives did pass though.
What’s next: The Washington and Colorado fights were largely seen as bellwethers for whether other states could pass similar policies, so losses there are a blow to any momentum.
Written by Axios
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Of course! Or we can choke in the filthy air. Or suffocate in the particles and smog.
I support alternative energy. But the main problem is that our politicians are bought and paid for by special interest, and they have no interest in the environment or the American people, only the money. If we do not get the money influence out of our government we are doomed to fail. Let’s not wait until another great depression.
No, it’s not that it doesn’t work - it does in most cases. It’s that the engineers who calculate costs/savings always appear biased against the utility. If you don’t mind being cold or in the dark with your solar “ stuff” OK, no argument. But the reality is someone has to back this fledgling technology that simply can’t be depended upon (unless you’re on a space mission). In rural America there is no technical support, parts or an alternative power source so you can watch “Oprah”, cool beer or cook supper. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. In short only the developers or contractors can count on solar. You absolutely must have good old, ancient poles & wires & meter technology to make it reliable. If you need that isn’t it easier to forego the solar capital costs & use conventional electricity?
Renewable energy is preferred. But only if these industries are economically sustainable. Forcing expensive, government subsidized energy isn’t anything I’m interested to see supported.
That’s what energy companies do is defend their interests by any means necessary. Interestingly today the really rich folks are guys like Bezos the richest man on earth, the Microsoft guy the Apple guys and others Oil is fading but there’s enough wealth to make trouble for decades but they are fading and desperate and their product is finite and dwindling. It’s a mattered time but a longer time than we think presently.
Go Big Oil ! We win!
If you mean by renewable energy, steel windmills and battery operated cars, than no. I’m for wealthy people and celebrities giving up their yachts and jets before talking smack about what the rest of should do
I support ALL energy interests !
Let’s keep the air clean for us and future generations.
We must go this way to be responsible tenants of this planet.
Clean energy is not only a push toward the future, but provides future generations with the hopes of a healthier planet. Innovating and growing clean energy should also bring in job opportunities and economic growth. While coal should not be cut off entirely, it is important for us, as a world leader, to emphasize the transition to new energy.
The big money made it impossible to combat in WA. Constant TV ads, street signs and digital media designed to misinform voters. Suuuuper disappointed in my state! Climate change will not wait for dem’s or GOP, although GOP is absent of reason, so this largely rests on progressives, join in the fight for our future!
Renewable energy needs to be the focus of all future energy needs and building projects. As the population grows the need for fossil fuel will not decrease even with the requirement to add renewable energy sources. As international leaders and the largest consumer of energy we should be leading the way and setting the example for other countries to follow regarding the use of renewable energy. Stop the archaic arguments that fossil fuels are the best way to move our country forward.
Planet before profit for ourselves and our children’s future. Stewardship is each generations obligation and we have been failing miserably!
Why would anyone NOT support renewable energy?
Fossil fuels will run out. The future is in clean energy both in terms of jobs and reducing health costs.
We need energy that won’t kill our wildlife or risk our people’s health.
Take money out of politics. These companies bribe politicians and product ads lying to the public. Renewable energy now!
You should always be able to use renewable energy as your preferred energy sent to your home.
Of course I suppose saving planet earth. How can the American people of any state permit pollution, fracking, spraying crops, chemically messing up seeds??? The list goes on...
Renewable energy is our future
Stop subsidizing big business. Stop gas subsidies. IMPEACH Trump.
Solar, Wind, Geo-Thermal etc. NOT COAL, NOT GAS, Fossil Fuelsetc
We need to convert to renewable energy before we destroy our home.
Oh my gosh. !! Why aren’t home owners or big company’s already using solar power ? Perhaps their roof tops ? Because it’s expensive 🤔🤔🤔🤔?! Why do we have to complicate things so much ?!