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E-M:/ track the green vote
- Subject: E-M:/ track the green vote
- From: "David Poulson" <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2008 20:54:15 -0500
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A couple of students at Northwestern have a nifty tool for tracking the environmental impact of the election tonight. It's at http://envirovote.us/
This tool examines Congressional elections in the context of endorsements from environmental organizations. A meter registers as the votes come in - no movement as of this writing.
They also have invented a totally new term in the annals of election analysis: Enviromintiness.
Cool stuff. What's more, twitter fiends can follow at http://twitter.com/envirovote
Here's the explanation taken from the site:
The candidate in a race with the most endorsements is considered
friendliest to the environment. When the race is decided, if the
environmentally friendly candidate won the race, then the meter
registers a win for the environment.
the bar, the meter shows a figure representing the percent change in
environmentally-friendly candidates since the last elections. This is a
touch more complicated.To calculate this number, we compare
the current race with the last time the seat was up for election. For
example, in a race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, we
look back to the election two years ago.
If two years ago the friendly candidate lost, and this year...
- ...the friendly candidate won, then the win counts towards environmintiness.
- ...the friendly candidate lost again, then the race is neutral.
On the other hand, if two years ago the friendly candidate won, and this year...
- ...the friendly candidate won again, then the race is neutral.
- ...the friendly candidate lost, then the loss counts against environmintiness.
give each environmentally-friendly win one point, and add up the points
for the current and previous races. We then subtract the previous
points from the current points and divide by the number of races that
we're comparing. This figure, multiplied by 100, represents the
environmintiness of the elections.
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
517 432 5417