The big story this morning in New York, where most people don't have friends or family who'll be directly affected by the government shut down, is the resignation of Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's choice for education chancellor.
The Cutline's Joe Pompeo tells how on Tuesday, The New York Times'Arthur Sulzberger Jr. was asked about the impact of the paper's paywall on low-income readers. His answer:
"Just translate that question to print," he said. "How will low-income people get access to the New York Times in print? Imagine we were 20 years ago. The answer is: it's harder. The New York Times supports a newsroom of enormous size and scope, and it needs the financial resources to do that. And the advertisers pay a vast part of that, but not all of it, and that's been true for decades."
Today might be the day that the Senate votes on stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate carbon. Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget released a statement that criticized the House version of this legislation and promised, "If the President is presented with this legislation … his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."
Most of New York City's carbon comes from its buildings. No one has been doing much about this problem, because neither building owners nor tenants wanted to foot the bill for installing energy-efficient improvements, the former because they wouldn't benefit from the lower energy bills and the latter because they wouldn't necessarily be in the building long enough to recoup the investment.
El Salvador and Central America take climate change seriously because they are getting nailed by these intense storms. As I always say, I never thought the future would come so soon. Last year El Salvador got hit so badly that the cost of recovering from storms and floods was much more than the costs of recuperating landscapes to build in more resilience to climate change. Now they see adaptation as the primary goal — it is the cost-effective thing to do.