Senior writer for WIRED.
Senior writer for WIRED.
Challenges in making the hyperloop a reality Virgin’s version of the hyperloop is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company is developing vacuum tubes to shuttle people at more than 200 mph. That means getting to L.A. from Vegas would take about 30 minutes.
California Politics and Global Warming Proposition 23 on the November ballot would suspend Governor Schwarzenegger's proudest achievement, AB 32 . The law that sets limits on emissions of greenhouse gases would not go back into effect until unemployment stayed at 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. The Prop 23 campaign is funded mostly by out-of-state energy companies. It's supported by the business-oriented base of California's Republican Party but, in a blue state where Independents will make the difference, Republican candidates are having trouble. The campaign against it is getting money from Silicon Valley and other centers of the so-called "green economy." The law school at UC Berkeley issued a study today called California at the Crossroads : Proposition 23, AB 32 and Climate Change.
California Global Warming Solutions Act 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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?