Vanderbilt Law Review


Eric Biber

First Page



In the fall of 2010, two major political battles over climate change in the United States reached their climax. At the federal level, efforts to enact comprehensive climate change legislation-already in doubt after the Senate refused to consider legislation passed by the House-were terminated for the near future by a landslide win for conservative Republicans, who are overwhelmingly hostile to climate change legislation, in midterm Congressional elections.' At the state level, California voters considered Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that would have effectively repealed the state's comprehensive global warming statute (AB 32, enacted in 2006). Yet despite the fact that the 2010 elections produced a wave of conservative Republican victories across the United States, from the local to the federal level, Proposition 23 lost handily, by over twenty points.