Clean Energy, Clean Air and Political Confusion
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Proposition 7 on next month's ballot is called The Solar and Clean Energy Act, the right title in environmentally conscious California. But a blue-ribbon list of environmental groups is against it. They agree with the goal of more renewable energy sooner, but call the measure a case of good intentions gone wrong. Also, psychological depression over the prospect of economic depression.
New Cuts May Have to Be Made to Budget ()
You thought this summer's state budget negotiations were hard? Wait until Republicans and Democrats go back to Sacramento this year, facing a $5 billion to $8 billion deficit in the spending plan they just passed. They'll have to make cuts in this year's budget for schools, cities, police departments and state agencies.
- Fred Silva: Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem
Proposition 7 Sounds Good, So Why Don’t Most Environmentalists Like it? ()
Proposition 7 is called The Solar and Clean Energy Act of 2008. We're already seeing a blitz of TV commercials on a measure that has divided environmentalists in California. Current law requires private utilities to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010. Prop 7 would speed that up by mandating 50% by 2025. Opponents agree on the goal: phase out coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power sooner; replace them with energy from the wind, the sun, biomass and the tide.
Psychological Depression over the Prospect of Economic Depression ()
Karthik Rajaram left a suicide note in his home in the Porter Ranch development in the San Fernando Valley. He lost his job as a financial advisor and couldn't find other employment. He said he had no choice but to kill himself, his wife, three children and his mother-in-law.
- Kita Curry: President and CEO of Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles
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