By and large, the 2014 midterms did not go well for climate hawks. Republicans’ new majority in the Senate will allow them to at least slow down various climate policies, and maybe even scuttle a few completely. The election also solidified the GOP’s grip on various state governments, making state-level green policy less likely, and threatening the rollback of existing laws.But there was one big exception.
In Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf ousted Republican Governor Tom Corbett by a handy margin of 54.9 percent to 45.1 percent. Wolf’s victory ended the lockdown the GOP had held over the state’s executive branch and both houses of its legislature. But even more significantly, it served as an implicit endorsement by Pennsylvania voters of a prominent commitment Wolf made during the campaign: if elected, he’d work to move the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI.