Unanswered question in bill: Funding

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Unanswered question in bill: Funding

November 30, 2010

The food safety bill that passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday is welcome news to food safety advocates and the food industry alike. Now, if they can just find the money to pay for it.

The House’s version of the bill includes a fee on companies to at least partially fund the added inspections and other expenses expected to be created by the new legislation. But the Senate bill has no such fee, leaving funding almost completely up to a Congress increasingly hostile to new spending.

With time running short before Congress goes home, the Senate’s food safety bill seems most likely to land on President Obama’s desk for signing, food safety analysts say. “We could have a bill that’s passed and not funded,” said Michael Doyle, a food safety expert at the University of Georgia and supporter of the legislation.

The House passed the food safety bill in July 2009 and included an annual fee on companies covered by the legislation. That fee would have raised about $250 million over five years, about 18 percent of the $1.4 billion tab over five years for food safety enhancements.

Symptomatic of breakdown and inability to be serious.


Climate Progress

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

One of the greatest failings of the climate science community (and the media) is not spelling out as clearly as possible the risks we face on our current emissions path, as well as the plausible worst-case scenario, which includes massive ecosystem collapse.

Risks are probabilities and hard to picture, but more, the scenarios to be considered are only the environmental ones. The collapse of democracy, the rise of a sel destructive monopoly world economy, plague, starvation through food failure independent of climate are at least worth recognizing as on the minds of many. Reducing the consciousness spectrum to a single line is not smart.

Obama and Republicans agree to negotiate on taxes | Reuters

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he still disagreed with Republicans on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, but the two sides agreed to negotiate a deal in the coming days.

Obama said he appointed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and budget director Jack Lew to work with congressional Republicans and Democrats to come up with a compromise to prevent broad tax increases from occurring next year.

My question, is Obama really protecting the middle class, or the rich? Would it not be better to let all the tax cjts expire than to do a deal with keeps the cuts for the most wealthy?

n | Raj Patel

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

For some reason, I’d thought I’d posted this already, but since I can’t seem to find it, and since the next round of climate change talks are about to start, it’s worth repeating.

This is a picture of the carbon emitted by China that turns out to be accounted for by consumption in other countries. In other words, what has happened is that countries in Europe and North America, for instance, have managed to shrink their carbon footprint by getting China to do a great deal of emitting. And then they turn to China and refuse to move forward in the negotiations until China does its bit to reduce greenhouse gases.

Read the full report here.

Very useful. I assume california’s record low emissions is mostly outsourcing.


November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

the fluidity of leaking – the tech-no-mad log

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

What could better illustrate the instability of protocol-driven social control systems than the phenomenon of a leak? Springing a leak is an irruption through a human-constructed wall (hull) holding back the chaotic flows of the sea. Wikileaks is a reversal of that, where the leak is from the inside of the ship-of-State to the outside. Where inside there are protocol-defined pathways of State-driven communication flow filling a space of partially-stabilized human endeavor. Every so often, one of the nodes of State communication goes rogue, mad, AWOL, counter, and defies the standing protocols by whatever means possible. Opening the mouth and speaking, telling the secrets of State, a yawning vomit of bilge over the sides: merely seasick.

This is a helpful reframing if where power lies in a difficult yet interconnected world. In thinking about how we participate in global sustainability, this helps stir our imagination.

DuPont, Zurich Chase $135 Billion Climate Market as Warming Forces Change

November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Crops better able to resist drought can help DuPont expand its $8.2 billion agriculture business, according to Jim Borel, vice president in charge of seed operations for the Wilmington, Delaware-based company, the world’s second-biggest seed maker behind Monsanto Co.

Farmers’ Productivity

so how can we go green when the greening companies want to sell more to recover costs?

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