Patt Morrison for July 28, 2010

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Americans watched this spring as the public option died a slow death during debates over a comprehensive health care overhaul. Now it seems environmentalists may be forced to watch as cap and trade is axed from the climate bill. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced an energy package lacking greenhouse gas emission limits claiming he couldn’t get enough votes to bring forth a more aggressive bill. With the Democratic House majority at stake and a likely loss of at least a few Senate seats to the Republicans, environmentalists are afraid that greenhouse gas limits may never see the light of day in the form of law. So what does this mean for the future of the climate and energy bill?
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The stimulus funds may have created some wiggle room but what will happen once the national well runs dry? In San Francisco a federal stimulus program, Jobs Now that got 3,600 San Franciscans parents back to work is about to run out – meanwhile, Riverside, CA is still listed as one of the top ten riskiest cities for homeowners despite programs like the Home Affordable Modification Program. Its been said that as California goes, so goes the nation but our state is made up of many vastly different cities and each city seems to have it’s own unique way of handling the day-to-day struggle to create and save jobs on the local level – we check in with some of the heads of state of this state’s cities and see how they are wrestling with the recovery.
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US District Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction this morning, blocking key parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, including the provision that requires law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if they reasonably suspect the person is in the country illegally. The law was set to go into effect tomorrow, but what’s the legal status now and what will happen tomorrow? Patt talks with legislators and people on the ground—from law enforcement in Phoenix, to a local school superintendent in an area that’s 70% Latino and was missing over 500 students on the first day of school Monday.
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The Plastiki has landed

What can 12,500 plastic bottles do for you? How about a boat that travels around the world in (more than) 80 days! The Plastiki catamaran, made from plastic bottles and recyclable products, ended its 8,000 mile, 4-month voyage on Monday as it docked in Sydney, Australia. The six crew members, including environmentalist David de Rothschild and skipper Jo Royle, set out in March to raise awareness about the over 60-million bottles used each year and the plastic debris that litters our oceans. We chatted with Rothschild and Royle in April in the midst of their expedition and today, Royle recounts Plastiki’s famous journey and the plastic boat that could-and did.
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