Friends of the Earth Goes it Alone: Urges ‘No’ on Climate Bill

Solve Climate.com

by Stacy Morfordenv5

The House climate bill took another hit this week as Rep. Henry Waxman made further concessions, this time to farm-state Democrats, to ensure the bill’s safe passage on Friday. Even weakened, though, the bill continued to draw support from most of the big environmental organizations. Continue reading Friends of the Earth Goes it Alone: Urges ‘No’ on Climate Bill

A Way Forward on Immigration

New York Times

Published: June 26, 2009

President Obama and Congress members met privately at the White House on Thursday for their first major discussion of immigration reform. Immigration is just one unsolved national crisis among many, and it was hard not to suspect that the parties might use the meeting — which had already been twice postponed — to dampen expectations for a bill this year.  Continue reading A Way Forward on Immigration

Brazil’s Lula signs Amazon bill

BBC News, Sao Paulo
By Tim Hirschbrazil

Brazil’s government says it wants to protect the rainforest

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has approved a controversial bill allowing Amazon farmers to acquire an area of public land larger than France.  But the president vetoed some of the most contentious clauses that would have enabled absentee landlords and companies to benefit from the measure. Smaller parcels of public land will be handed over for free, and larger ones at reduced or market rates. Continue reading Brazil’s Lula signs Amazon bill