The University of Southern California and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced a partnership to establish a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions to environmental problems, economic policy, political reform and other public policy issues.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Nation |
August 2, 2012
More than half of the counties in the United States have been designated as disaster areas mainly because of the ongoing drought that has been ravaging the nation, officials announced Wednesday as disaster designations were signed for 218 more counties in 12 states.
Source: The Washington Post | Nation |
August 2, 2012
The United States doesn’t yet face the critical shortage of power that has left more than 600 million people in India without electricity this week but the U.S. grid is aging and stretched to capacity.
Source: The Wall Street Journal | Nation |
August 1, 2012
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., Tuesday threw out tougher water-quality standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing environmental damage from surface coal mines in Appalachia.
Facing more frequent storms that cripple electric distribution systems over big areas, utility companies are drafting iPads and military-style aerial surveillance robots to get the lights back on faster.
Saying they feel betrayed by the discovery of $54 million hidden in two state parks accounts, a growing number of groups that donated money to keep California state parks from closing this year now say they want a refund -- or at least a binding promise from lawmakers to spend the extra money on parks.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pennsylvania |
July 27, 2012
Judges on the Commonwealth Court ruled that Pennsylvania cannot require municipalities to allow drilling in areas where it would conflict with their zoning rules, siding with several towns challenging the five-month-old law.
Gov. John Kitzhaber made a campaign promise that his "Cool Schools" program would put people back to work doing energy upgrades on classroom buildings. Nearly two years later, it turns out that the program is really a modest expansion of what already existed, only with a catchy new name.