Propositions Green Ballots vs. Greenbacks

By turning down ecological measures, cost-conscious voters made Election Day an environmental disaster

Voters want clean air, clean water and unspoiled landscapes. What they don't want just now is the bill. Ballot initiatives designed to protect the environment were mowed down last week in almost every state where they appeared. Riled over taxes, fearful of recession and resentful of government propositions in any form, voters put the Green Revolution on hold.

The biggest setback came in California, where Proposition 128, Big Green, was defeated almost 2 to 1. A second measure, Forests Forever, designed to ban clear-cutting and save old-growth forests and redwoods, lost by a narrower margin. In part they fell victim to...

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