FROM Jack Stewart
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?