The Environmentalist’s Guide to the Congressional Elections (and more)

Your three-click cheat sheet for Tuesday's most significant choices other than McCain vs. Obama.

By Ben Whitford

Amendment 58: Backed by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, this measure would scrap tax breaks for Big Oil, boosting state coffers by more than $300 million and funding new college scholarships, wildlife restoration projects, and clean-energy research. Local enviros love the idea, but oil giants like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips have poured millions into an inaccurate FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) campaign to persuade voters that Amendment 58 would mean a hike in gas prices.


Question 742: Oklahomans could soon be guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of small animals: this ballot measure would amend the state’s constitution to safeguard Oklahomans’ inalienable right to go hunting and fishing. Supporters say the move would give them a preemptive victory against the PETA crowd and other anti-hunting groups; the Humane Society calls the measure “cynical and underhanded…a threat to wildlife and also undemocratic” and says it could make it harder to manage wildlife populations humanely.

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