California will lead the nation against global warming--or will it. Governor Schwarzenegger's deal with the Democrats is big news all over country, even though there's nothing new until 2011. Is it a real step forward or political symbolism? Also universal healthcare for all californians.
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Today's New York Times and Wall Street Journal are treating California's new greenhouse-gas bill as big, national news. The measure mandates that the gases said to cause global warming be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. That's a bigger cut than the Kyoto Treaty rejected by President Bush. Since California only produces 2% of all greenhouse gases, it won't make much difference in global warming, but both the Governor and the Democrats say it will make California a world leader, and the newspapers seem to agree. With passage of the bill, Governor Schwarzenegger has thumbed his nose at President Bush, and Democratic legislators have deprived Phil Angelides of another potential issue. Is it a real move against global warming or political symbolism with a high price tag?
Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate got big majorities in favor of Senate Bill 840, a measure pushed for years by Santa Monica Democrat Sheila Kuehl that would replace insurance companies with a plan for the state to pay healthcare costs for all Californians. Supporters were fully aware that Governor Schwarzenegger is unlikely to sign because he says it will do nothing to bring down costs. Should the Governor change his mind?
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