Climate Change, Obama Re-Elect: Mandate for Environmental Action?

A petrochemical refinery located along the Houston ship channel in Houston, Texas. Photograph by F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg

“Winning” is everything.

In politics, in particular.

So says the League of Conservation Voters, celebrating the outcome of Election Day with a champagne-popping ad saying “the other side may have spent millions,” but look who won.

They’re talking about clean air. And toxic emissions. And, implicitly, climate change.

They don’t mention the “war on coal” which Republicans accused President Barack Obama of waging in his re-election campaign. But they make it clear that a certain war was won on Nov. 6, and with that comes:

“Clean Air,” as the ad puts it. “Everybody wins.”

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