The California Air Resources Board released its latest greenhouse gas inventory showing the state has already met its 2020 emission reduction goals. The trends, based on emissions produced in 2017, the latest year for which data is available, show emissions declined by 1 percent overall compared to 2016. The electricity sector, which has been under the state’s cap-and-trade program longer than other industries, reduced emissions by 9 percent annually. But emissions in other sectors are still rising, notably from on-road vehicle use. Vehicle tailpipes were the source of 37 percent of the emissions in 2017, an increase of 0.7 percent. Overall, the state released the equivalent of 424 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017, below the limit of 431 million metric tons the state must meet by 2020.
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A majority of the American public (59 percent) says Amazon is bad for small businesses – nearly three times the number who say Amazon is good for small businesses (22 percent). This represents a significant shift from just two years ago, when opinion was nearly split between those saying Amazon is bad for small businesses (37 percent) and those saying it’s good (33 percent).
“I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania: “He said ‘What do you call two farmers in a basement?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, what do you call them?’ He said, ‘A whine cellar.’”
–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, during a listening session with farmers hosted by House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D-MN). (ThinkProgress)
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Hammer down, everyone!