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About 20 million have gotten insurance as a result of the affordable care act. still a long way to go, though, especially in terms of controlling cost in the US healthcare system.

burning natural gas for energy instead of coal will reduce the amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere, although it will increase the amount of methane (natural gas), which is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, although it has a shorter life-span in the atmosphere than CO2 which will stay a looooong time. On balance, burning gas and containing the leaks looks like the better short run solution too reducing global warming, but fracking has other costs as well.

Nothing to see here folks.

Here’s the deal: you’ll get lower taxes, but if we catch you blowing up the economy in ways even we can’t ignore, we’ll slap you on the wrist (don’t worry just fines, no jail time).

… surprising exactly nobody. The interests bidding to build the casinos are, after all, the only ones (other than the lobbyists and politicians, that is) who are going to get real benefits from these casinos. The grift is moving along nicely.

Oh, look, someone actually doing something about global warming:
“The fourth carbon budget was agreed by Parliament in June 2011, following the recommendation of the expert independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that it should require UK annual emissions to be 50% lower in 2025 compared with 1990.”
And what do you know? The UK’s economy hasn’t collapsed back to the stone age. In fact, the report from the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute finds that carbon reductions might be good for the UK economy. Hm.

I’m behind on the news, as usual, but there is still one more meeting in Chatham to discuss this. This plan is entirely separate from the high voltage power line shenanigans that we’ve already been talking about.

Governor Cuomo is finally getting the national recognition he needs for his run for the Presidency. Wait, what?

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