Why Republicans want to repeal the California Clean Air Act

Republicans in the House are rapidly trying to end our State’s strict standards on greenhouse gas regulations. HR910 would prevent the EPA to grant California and other states exemptions to the federal fuel-efficiency requirements.

While the whole situation seems ridiculous, the worst of all is the excuses they seem to be putting forth. As oil prices rise due to instability in oil producing regions, so are the gas prices. Republicans view California’s more stringent laws on gasoline as an extra “tax” on the people. Their solution to lowering gas prices would be to repeal the laws which govern cleaner and more efficient sources of fuel.

Given everything which is unfolding across the world, we should be looking at ways to become more energy independent rather than subsidizing the cost of a commodity whose ability to be produced seems to grow more unstable by the day. Price at the pump will decrease demand, and Republicans, of all people, should have a decent understanding of basic economics.

SFGate
House GOP targets state’s tough emission standards
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Japan and Google Street view

An impressive post by Burrito Justice which puts the tsunami into a bit more perspective when it comes to just how destructive it is.

Japan « Burrito Justice.

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Bomb Recycling? Yes, please

everyone knows you have to compost those guys.

Recycling Facility Evacuated After Someone Tries To Recycle A Bomb: News: SFAppeal.

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National Unplug Day was Yesterday?

So, i just discovered that yesterday was supposed to be National Unplug Day, a day where the most connected to technology are supposed to turn off all our electronics and live without them for 24 hours. Unfortunately, i had no idea about it because I never saw it come across my twitter feed. Damn, i totally could have used a National Unplugged Day for myself too.

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Times are tough in a fresh sandwich economy

Times are tough in a fresh sandwich economy.

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Will Japan pay for HSR?

Editors Note: I know this blog post is a little old, but i came across it the other day and need to share it.

The California HSR Blog cites an interesting quote from the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, where he states that he believes Japan would be willing to pay for up to half the cost for California’s High Speed Rail Project. As we move forward with California’s project and other projects across the country, should we consider this type of arrangement? Warren Buffett is already on record with his support of HSR throughout the country as a means of spurring commerce, trade, and transportation. Many Asian and European countries already benefit from a more mobile and dynamic trade infrastructure which HSR can provide.

So, what to make of this proposal? Over the past few months, we have seen three Governors return HSR funds earmarked for their respective projects due to potential cost overruns and debt associated with such an ambitious project. States like our own have benefited greatly by picking up these funds for our own project.

It seems like some foreign investment from a nation who already has a successful HSR system, who is one of the largest producers of HSR rail cars, would be a great partner for our effort.

California High Speed Rail Blog » “We’ll put up half the money for California HSR” says Japan’s Ambassador to the United States.

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Bleach the Sewers, why not?

According to SFGate, San Francisco is planning to dump gallons upon gallons of bleach into the sewer system to combat the increasing smell of waste in the Mission Bay area. The theory is that due to all of the low-flow toilets, the lack of water is increasing the odor permeating from the city’s antiquated sewer system. So, the solution will be to dump bleach, yes, bleach, into the sewer to combat the smell, disregarding the fact that the sewage eventual drains into the bay. Fish? ya, we didn’t need those guys anyways.

 

Bleach in the sewers: a rotten idea : The Thin Green Line.

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