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In the 2012 elections there were a number of ballot measures throughout the United States that directly, or indirectly, could affect Pollution Engineering’s readership. Interestingly enough, most ballot proposals never made it to the actual voter’s ballots. Of the 13 possible initiatives, only four made it through the various court systems by meeting all requirements. Failed proposals included:
- California Initiative to Eliminate Environmental Protection Laws and Agencies
- California Pollution Producers To Pay for Pollution Mitigation
- Colorado Water Law Amendment
- Florida Billboard Amendment
- Massachusetts Recyclable Bottle Deposit Expansion
- Michigan ‘Fracking’ Ban Amendment
- Michigan Mining Restriction Measure
- Ohio Clean Energy Projects Amendment
- Missouri Renewable Energy Initiative
Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment, Amendment 1
DescriptionAlaska Coastal Management Question, Ballot Measure 2
The “Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment” would extend payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. The payments would be from fiscal year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.
Winning: almost 75 percent agrees.
DescriptionArizona Declaration of State Sovereignty Amendment, Proposition 120
The “Alaska Coastal Management Question” was actually on the Aug. 28, 2012 ballot. The measure would have established a new coastal management program in the state. Specifically, the management program that would have been established would have been formally called the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program. Alaska is the only coastal state in the United States without a federal coastal management plan. Coastal programs are established to guarantee state and local participation in federal decisions on coastal issues that could potentially surface.
Lost: approximately 62 percent said “no.”
DescriptionMichigan Renewable Energy Amendment, Proposal 3
The “Arizona Declaration of State Sovereignty Amendment” would declare state sovereignty over the Arizona's natural resources based on the argument of "equal footing." Natural resources would include land, air, water, minerals and wildlife.
Losing: nearly 70 percent of the electorate say “no.”
A Renewable Energy Amendment would mandate that by 2025, 25 percent of the state's electricity must come from renewable resources. Additionally, consumers would be expected to pay a 1 percent per year electric utility rate increase “to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.”
Losing: nearly 65 percent of voting Michiganders say nay.