March 31, 2009

in the news. . .

Today was a busy day for green news. I'll give a quick summary for all you busy folks:

The Democrats are proposing a really ambitious global warming bill—with even higher goals than Obama campaigned for. Passing the bill is sure to have many hurdles, but it is exciting to see leaders aim high.

Obama gave the auto industry reasons to build more fuel efficient cars. This is probably a great time to tell the EPA to support the Clean Cars Program, which was stalled (no pun intended) by the previous administration.

In local news, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed a resolution calling on California to create a Do Not Mail Registry giving its citizens the choice to stop receiving unwanted junk mail. San Francisco is the first city in the United States to take political action against junk mail, marking the beginning of a long-awaited government intervention to protect citizens from relentless and predatory junk mailers, said ForestEthics Executive Director Todd Paglia. “Reducing junk mail is in keeping with our nation’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lead more sustainable lifestyles,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

And finally, another nut warning has popped up: stay away from pistachios until further notice! Salmonella has been found in them and a major recall is underway.

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