It looked like Maryland was on track to pass solid climate legislation, but it was killed this week in the House Economic Matters Committee. The bill would have called for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050, but it was squashed after lobbying by state industries as well as factory workers fearful for their jobs (likely driven to fear by those industries) dressed in "Save Our Jobs" T-shirts.
To follow up on my Condi post yesterday, Mattmakes a great point that I truly meant to include in the original. My fascination with Condi is merely based on a great curiosity about her as a person – but of course, one can't mention those without taking into her account her complicity in all the misdeeds of the Bush administration.
Hillary Clinton just sent out an email praising Gordon Brown for pledging to not attend the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing. She called upon Bush to follow suit, and wants the other presidential candidates to join her:
I wanted to commend Prime Minister Gordon Brown for agreeing not to go to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing. That was an important decision by Prime Minister Brown and I am calling on Senators McCain and Obama to join me in my request that President Bush also not attend the opening ceremonies.
Following up on her remarks at yesterday's hearing, Hillary Clinton held a town hall meeting Aliquippa, Pa. today where she outlined her plans for the military including ways to reduce stress on individual members of the armed forces and end the stop-loss policy.
Over on the fantastic youth climate activism blog It's Getting Hot in Here, Natasha Chart reacts to this piece calling for more youth activism on climate change, which includes lines like "young people are not cynical or jaded like many adults. They believe they can truly make a difference – and they can." Chart is dead-on in her response to the piece, but she really could have been any of the many calls for young people to take up the (insert progressive cause here) charge, and echoed my thoughts exactly: