Dan Bacher: Californians should support the legislators’ call for a federal investigation of hydraulic fracturing beneath the seabed floor off the California Coast.
Walter Moss: House Republicans once against demonstrated why they so well deserved the contempt of most Americans and why the question “Have You No Shame?” is so appropriate.
Nancy Unger: The movement to ban harmful pesticides began in earnest 50 years ago this month with the publication of Rachel Carson’s bestselling exposé, Silent Spring. Now in 2012 some Republicans are seeking to roll back environmental protections and pesticide regulations.
Jackie Cornejo: The pot of money that goes towards building and maintaining our roads and bridges has gotten smaller and smaller over the last three decades for several reasons
Walter Brasch: Mixed into the state’s energy production is not only a symbiotic relationship of business and government, but a history of corruption and influence-peddling.
Tina Dupuy: When you double down – you lose twice as much – twice as quickly. And that sums up Speaker John Boehner’s tenure just perfectly.
Tina Dupuy: You know what’s never been said? “We should have MORE Republican primary debates.” Why? Because there are (by my count) 734,589 debates this election cycle and not enough hours in the day (spent working harder for less money) to watch eight Republican candidates stand around agreeing with each other for two hours every night.
Shamus Cooke: It should be painfully clear to even the most reality-blind politicians that the private sector has no interest in creating jobs; they are quite content sitting on their mountains of cash until wages fall low enough — due to massive unemployment — for them to hire more labor.
John Peeler: In what has become a pattern for Obama, he backed down, adopted the essentials of the Republican argument, and left his own EPA Director swinging in the wind.
Steve Hochstadt: In 2011, the Republican strategy has been crowned with total success. They have managed to make the US government into a laughing stock, a global symbol of incompetence. Public confidence in government is at an all-time low.
Marian Wang: Many questions remain unanswered about the long-term health and environmental effects of the crude oil and the unprecedented amount of dispersant, chemicals BP used to break down the thick crude. Both BP and the government have committed funding for continued study of these issues.
Tracy Emblem: Implementing clean energy in California now – not twenty years from now – is a not only a public health issue — it’s a matter of economic survival.
Georgianne Nienaber: So, dispersants are clearly present in the air, both over sea and land. If Unified Command is suggesting that oil spill responders might want to reconsider using respirators, why have we been told by the EPA, at a press conference, that there are no dispersants in the air?