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Apr 26, 2011

California gay judge challenged on marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Proponents of California’s gay marriage ban on Monday said a judge who struck down the law was biased because he is in a same-sex relationship himself, and that his ruling should be thrown out.

Former U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker last year ruled that California’s same-sex marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, was unconstitutional. The case is being appealed and is expected to be pursued to the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially setting national precedent.

Apr 19, 2011

Obama takes tax plan to Facebook billionaires

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may face a tough audience when he brings his tax-hike-for- billionaires message to Facebook on Wednesday — Silicon Valley is full of the sort of people the president wants to pay more tax.

National debt is a major concern, particularly after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s threatened to downgrade the U.S. credit rating, and Obama has set a goal of cutting the deficit by $4 trillion within 12 years or less.

Apr 18, 2011

California governor to get chance to “mark” climate law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown could still make changes to the state’s ambitious plan for a greenhouse gases market, the state’s climate change regulator said, even as she battles a lawsuit that could delay the program’s start next year.

The lawsuit, as well as complex technical issues and the distraction of a political fight over the state budget, are all obstacles for the most populous state to get its greenhouse gases market off the ground.

Apr 17, 2011

California gov. to get chance to ‘mark’ climate law

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry
Brown could still make changes to the state’s ambitious plan
for a greenhouse gases market, the state’s climate change
regulator said, even as she battles a lawsuit that could delay
the program’s start next year.

The lawsuit, as well as complex technical issues and the
distraction of a political fight over the state budget, are all
obstacles for the most populous state to get its greenhouse
gases market off the ground.

Apr 13, 2011

California-Canadian carbon market to start small

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A regional carbon market between California and some Canadian provinces will start off next year smaller than expected due to a delay by industrial powerhouse Ontario and a possible slowdown in a second province, British Columbia.

The Western Climate Initiative of states and provinces are seen as the best hope for North America by environmentalists and green businesses who believe that putting a price on emitting greenhouse gases will clean the environment and spur new industry.

Mar 31, 2011

Court could put California climate law on hold

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An environmental justice group which has won a court ruling on Thursday said California’s entire landmark climate change law may be put on hold after talks with regulators broke down.

The suit threatens the most aggressive climate change policy in the nation, California’s 2006 omnibus law which covers vehicle pollution, generation of clean energy such as solar and wind, and even building policy as well as a carbon market, which is the core of the court case. Fans and foes of attempts to stop global warming around the globe are watching California’s efforts.

Mar 30, 2011

Drenched California bids adieu to drought, for now

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – From snowy mountains to flooded highways, it’s clear California’s three-year drought is over. What’s not certain is whether the state will use the breathing room to fix a broken water system.

A batch of late winter storms that dumped snow on ski resorts and turned creeks into rivers unofficially ended the drought for many Californians.

Mar 21, 2011

California cap-and-trade plan faces setback

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) – California did not
adequately consider alternatives to its plan to create a
cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions, a judge ruled on
Monday, throwing a wrench into the most aggressive U.S. effort
to combat climate change.

The state’s regulator on climate change matters, the Air
Resources Board (ARB), will need to consider other
possibilities to meet state environmental law, San Francisco
Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith wrote in an opinion.

Mar 15, 2011

Special report: Big California quake likely to devastate state

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science.

Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed.

Mar 15, 2011

Special report: California quake would likely devastate state

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science.

Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed.

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