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Senate Held, House Swept, Prop 23 Goes Down

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyNov 3, 2010 10:29 AM

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Last night, it seems, largely delivered what was expected--though Republican gains in the House of Representatives were pretty staggering, and kept inching up throughout the night to the point where it now seems they're going to gain more than 60 seats and clear, dominant control. We are in for divided government, and we are in for some serious antics when it comes to attacking climate science, and climate scientists, in the House. And we are not going to get a law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions--sand China will keep whuppin' us in clean energy. But hey--California has led the nation in regulating greenhouse gases and promoting clean energy reform, and Prop 23--an attempt by Texas oil companies to change that--received a powerful rebuke. Now the question: How do House Republicans handle their newfound power? Hold a bunch of show hearings? Try to block everything in sight? That is not what Americans want, I don't think...

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