FROM R. Rex Parris
Harnessing the Sun in the Antelope Valley Those of us who live in Southern California love to brag about our weather, much to the chagrin of the rest of the country when were in shorts and they're in wool sweaters. The sun is one of our greatest attractions, and could be one of our greatest resources. Solar power seems a natural fit with our climate and location, though for many of us it remains cost-prohibitive, even with state and local tax breaks and incentives. But a local incentive in Lancaster is an offer residents cannot refuse – or wont be able to a year from now. Last week, the city council there voted to require that all new homes of a certain size – built after January first, 2014 – have rooftop solar units. It's the first such zoning ordinance in the country.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?