It may be time to start thinking about redistricting. With the 2010 census in the rearview mirror, a few folks are already trying to see what states will be losing members of the House of Representatives and what states will be gaining.
This could mean a shift in political philosophies in the lower chamber as the nation’s population shifts. The shift also could mean trouble for those who support an energy policy that reduces carbon emissions.
A report published in the Boston Globe offers several predictions about what states are likely to gain a seat and what states to lose one. If the predictions hold true, several states with representatives who have traditionally been supportive of climate change legislation are likely to lose seats, while states that have been “less friendly” to the climate issue are likely to gain representation.
Seven states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are on the chopping block to lose at least one seat. The report shows that New York is likely to lose two seats. Depending on a few factors, Rhode Island could also lose a seat.
Conservative hot beds such as Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah all stand to gain a seat. Texas is slated to pick up a whopping four representatives in Congress. Florida is expected to gain two seats, and Washington could pick up a representative as well.
Once the population tallies are finalized, each state will be responsible for redrawing districts — a process that is almost always insanely political and self-serving for whomever is in control of Washington. For environmentalists, this should be concerning news.