The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared this
year's Nobel Peace Prize with Al
Gore, recently released a
report detailing the negative environmental changes that will result from
climate change, including higher temperatures leading to increased deaths
from more severe heat waves, increased incidence of infectious
diseases, and severe damage to ecosystems. The IPCC report
warned that there were only eight years left to act to prevent the
worst effects of global warming.
California's attorney general is planning to file suit in
federal court against the EPA for stalling on a decision about whether
California and 11 other states can implement rules requiring car makers
to produce cleaner cars. Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington also
plan to join the suit against the EPA. The suit was to be filed this week, but has been postponed due to the wildfires raging in Southern California.
The breadth of issues addressed by the California Legislature was impressive
as legislative leaders moved aggressively on the environment and clean energy,
education, workplace family issues, and health care. However, because of the
Governor's veto pen and the minority party's ability to block revenue bills
with just one-third of the vote, the extent of the progress the Legislature
made on these issues was far less than it could have been.
The effects of the sub-prime lending disaster are
being felt as the stock market has been rocked in
recent weeks and many families find themselves locked out of the
mortgage market. As we
in the past, the subprime mortgage market was largely aimed at
economically-strapped families trying to find some way to afford
homes. For low-income renters who never had the money to
even be in the game, rising rents have increasingly priced them
out of their homes.
A new ballot measure in California
change the way that California's 55 presidential electoral votes would be
allocated; not to make sure that every vote counted, but to make sure that any
right-wing candidate for President could lop off a significant number of that
state's electoral votes.