WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - This Election Day, voters in at least 11 states will decide on key environmental measures.
COLORADO PROPOSITION 112
In Colorado, Proposition 112 would require new oil and gas projects to operate at a minimum distance from occupied buildings or other vulnerable areas, like water or public parks.
Supporters say it will protect public health and safety, but opponents claim it will cost jobs.
WASHINGTON INITIATIVE 1631
In Washington, one initiative seeks to fine major polluters $15 per metric ton of carbon emissions, a fee that increases by $2 a year. If approved, it’s estimated to collect $1 billion a year to be invested in clean air, water and energy efforts.
Proponents say the initiative would benefit community and wildlife health. Meanwhile, the oil industry has funneled millions toward a campaign against the measure, setting a fundraising record for statewide initiatives.
NEVADA QUESTION 6 & ARIZONA PROPOSITION 127
Residents in both Nevada and Arizona will have renewable energy standards initiatives to vote on. If passed, both would give electric companies a 2030 deadline to have at least 50 percent of their energy come from renewable sources.
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 6
Last year, California lawmakers increased fuel taxes and imposed vehicle fees to pay for road and highway fixes.
But this Election Day, California voters will decide whether to repeal those acts, and also whether similar tax proposals in the future will require voter approval.