A Nov 20th New York Times Op-Ed piece notes that environmental measures received wide support in last months election. Here are some excerpts.
Though nobody seemed to notice, Republican and Democratic voters seemed to be of similar minds on one issue this election: the environment. Across the country, in red states and blue states, Americans voted decisively to spend more money for natural areas, neighborhood parks and conservation in their communities. Of 161 conservation ballot measures, 120 – or 75 percent – were approved by voters. Three-and-a-quarter billion dollars were dedicated to land conservation.
…So what’s the story? Simply put, these measures unify Americans. It’s hard to be against new parks and trails, or to disagree with wanting to protect farms and forests from development. What’s more, voters have learned that these measures often provide local solutions to water-quality problems: preserving natural natural lands in watersheds can help protect drinking water sources or reduce storm-water runoff.
…True, this year’s election didn’t turn on environmental issues. But the voters sent a message anyway: whether we’re red or blue, we all have a little bit of green in us.