In yesterday's elections, California voters showed their continued support for the state's climate change policies, voting against a ballot initiative that would have suspended current climate change policies until certain economic targets were met and electing Democrat Jerry Brown as governor . The election results are an important milestone for the Western Climate Initiative ("WCI'), of which California is the largest participant, as the republican candidate had promised to revisit the state's climate change and cap-and-trade commitments.

Voters in New Mexico, another WCI participant, elected Republican Susana Martinez as governor. This could effect New Mexico's continued participation in the WCI as Martinez opposes a carbon emissions cap-and-trade program