Tribal drummers sing a song, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at a rally supporting Initiative 1631, a November ballot measure in Washington state that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Voters defeated the measure on Nov. 6. Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

From today’s U.S. Energy News daily email digest, here is a rundown of key races and energy-related ballot measures around the country.

Voters in several Western states reject ballot measures that would have moved them away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. (Washington Post)
• The outcome of several gubernatorial races could have implications for clean energy development. (E&E News, subscription)
Nearly one fourth of the Republican members of the House Climate Solutions caucus were defeated, but the impact is unclear. (Greentech Media)


ALASKA: Alaska voters strike down an initiative extending new protections to the state’s salmon, an effort hotly opposed by the oil and gas and mining industries. (KTOO)

ARIZONA: Arizona voters overwhelmingly reject a ballot measure that would have required the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. (Arizona Republic)

CALIFORNIA: An initiative to limit new oil and gas production in San Luis Obispo County, California appears to fail, according to unofficial election results. (KQED)

• Colorado voters soundly reject a ballot measure that would have increased drilling setbacks, a move industry officials say would have gutted the state’s lucrative oil and gas sector. (Denver Post)
• Voters in Boulder and Lafayette, Colorado pass a levy on oil and gas operations in the city limits even though it’s been a decade since a company filed a permit to drill. (Boulder Daily Camera)

GEORGIA: Republican incumbents were on track to hold off challengers for two seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission. (Marietta Daily Journal)

FLORIDA: Sunshine State voters approve a constitutional amendment banning offshore oil and gas drilling near the state’s coastline. (Pensacola News Journal)

ILLINOIS: A clean energy entrepreneur who made climate change a campaign issue takes a key U.S. House seat in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)

NEBRASKA: A Keystone XL pipeline supporter wins a Public Service Commission race, while Omaha voters elect new members to a public power board who support a quicker transition to renewable energy. (Omaha World-Herald)

• Nevada voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would require the state to get half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• In another expensive race, Nevada’s largest utility will retain its monopoly in the state after voters reject a ballot measure to restructure the energy market and open it to competition. (Nevada Independent)

NEW MEXICO: Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich wins a second term, promising to put New Mexico “at the heart” of the nation’s clean energy transition. (KUNM)

NORTH DAKOTA: The defeat of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp may jeopardize the future of “clean coal” and carbon capture and sequestration. (Politico)

• Voters in Youngstown, Ohio, reject a local fracking ban for the eighth time. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb give city officials the go ahead to explore municipal electricity aggregation. (ThisWeek)

OREGON: Portland voters overwhelmingly approve a tax on large retailers in the city to fund clean energy and efficiency programs. (The Oregonian)

TEXAS: Republican Christi Craddick wins re-election to the Railroad Commission of Texas, which oversees oil and gas operations. (Midland Reporter Telegram)

A ballot measure to create the nation’s first carbon tax was poised to fail, though the campaign was not ready to concede. (Reuters)
Voters’ rejection of the carbon tax suggests one of the nation’s most progressive states still struggles to pass muscular climate policy. (The Atlantic)
• Proponents of Washington’s carbon tax campaign said they are already thinking ahead on how to push the issue through legislation. (Seattle Times)

WEST VIRGINIA: Republican Carol Miller defeats Democrat Richard Ojeda in a U.S. House race that had pit the fossil fuel industry against mining unions. (Huffington Post, The Intercept)

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Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.