New Congress, New Playing Field

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Breathe deeply, and assess the political landscape. (Credit: Skampy)

A number of advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. What that means for California's green tech industry is covered in haze, or possibly smog.

Tiffany Hsu of the LA Times goes on to posit that federal lawmakers will tighten the spigot on funding to solar, wind and other alternative energy projects.

Half of the freshman Republicans deny the existence of man made climate change, according to an analysis by Think Progress, a website run by the Center for American Progress. That would include those joining the California delegation:  Jeff Denham (CA-19),  Andy Vidak (CA-20), and possibly, David Harmer, depending on whether he wins in (CA-11).

It has been said that lawmakers of all stripes love pork, no matter what they say on the campaign trail. One presumes the same is true of job generating projects. But the national agenda of the GOP may put local sympathies on the back burner in favor of, say,  high profile hearings examining the alleged "scientific fraud" behind global warming.

In any case, California companies of all stripes may find themselves struggling for air time in Washington DC, as industry lobbyists like those for the Detroit Big Three press their advantage in the new Congress.

We talked about the Congressional movers and shakers on Team California GOP on today's California Report.

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About Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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