The Results: 6 Energy Contests

Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday will have an immense impact on energy and environmental policy in this country. What exactly he and his administration will do with regards to bringing back the coal industry, deregulating oil and gas, exiting from the Paris Climate accord etc., will be discussed and analyzed in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, here are the results of several important energy issues were on state ballots this week.

Bad Handwriting, Wrong Address: Verifying Signatures On Colorado Initiatives

For weeks now, workers have been sifting through hundreds of thousands of signatures to approve measures for the November ballot. They’re down to approving the last two: a set of highly controversial initiatives that together would restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office walks Inside Energy through the tedious process of counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Next Generation Fuels Stuck In Neutral

The federal government’s complex set of rules meant to spur a renewable fuels industry has fallen behind one of its main goals: cut greenhouse emissions from gasoline. Nearly a decade after the rules were drafted, low-carbon fuels have yet to arrive. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will propose tweaks to the nation’s ethanol policy by June 1, and the changes will mark a crucial point for the next generation of biofuels, which have so far failed to flourish.