The Democratic chest beating over reducing tax cuts for the rich oil companies may be silenced by one of their own. Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico is warning his colleagues not to rush matters. He wants hearings on any tax-cut repeals that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will promote during the first 100 hours of the new Congress. Bingaman will
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California will soon take over as chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Environmental Public Works Committee. Major policy shifts on global warming, air quality and toxic waste are expected as she is one of the most liberal members of the Senate. And she's replacing one of the most conservative Republicans, James Inhofe of Oklahoma.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer wrote a piece in the Perspective section of last Sunday's San Jose Mercury News asking Californians to vote yes on Proposition 87. According to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Prop 87 would establish a $4 billion program to reduce oil and gasoline usage by 25 percent over the next 10 years while creatin