Observations on the President’s State of the Union

As I dig myself out from dealing with a severe case of bronchitis – thus the few posts of the past few weeks – I thought it would be a good idea to comment on last night’s State of the Union address.

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The Climate Change Debate doesn’t really need to happen

Now that the election is behind us and the Republicans are in power in both houses of Congress, it’s easy to anticipate that climate change legislation is in trouble, along with the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and perhaps even the Endangered Species Act.

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Potential Plastic bag ban fails in California

photo by Sascha W., flickr

photo by Sascha W., flickr

The story just broke. The California Senate has rejected a ban on single use plastic bags.

The usual arguments were made, particularly that jobs would disappear if the bill passed. The one ray of light here is that The bill will be allowed to be reconsidered, meaning it could be back before a Senate committee or the Senate floor. But given that the Senate has been the stumbling block in the past (the Assembly passed a similar bill last year), one wonders if it will have any chance the next time around.

You can read the details of the story here.

Judge rules that corporations are not people

We the PeopleIn a landmark decision, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution, and that corporations cannot elevate their “private rights” above the rights of people

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Members of American Chemistry Council called out by lawmakers

All is not clean with the chemistry industry. And its corporate members may soon be held to account.

The letter sent to American Chemical Council’s Cal Dooley, asked the ACC to take immediate action to address the behaviors of its member companies by expelling the members from their council or accounting for the member company’s actions.

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New California law requires commercial and apartment recycling

California's new law requires businesses and apartments to recycle

Generally considered at the forefront of environmental regulations, California now has another green law in place. Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that requires all California commercial businesses, institutions and apartments to implement recycling programs.

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Commercial recycling may become mandatory in California

Recycling bins may soon become mandatory fixtures for businesses in California

As someone who writes extensively about all forms of green, I was shocked recently to discover that here in my hometown, and the entire state of California, it isn’t mandatory for businesses or apartments to recycle – it’s an option. The fact that the recycling movement began here in sunny California back in 1973 makes it’s difficult to fathom why.

A  local city Supervisor for Recycling & Hazardous Waste told me that a majority of businesses here don’t recycle, choosing to load up their dumpsters and trash bins with all their recyclables instead. When offered recycling bins and pick-up for free, the collective thought was “no thanks.”

All that may be about to change.

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