On January 1, California became the first state in the country to require a new standard for screw-base bulbs, potentially eliminating 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. According to experts, the new rules will save residents money as well as energy.
According to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP), a collaborative space mission planned for later this year may give a new meaning to “Red October.” The governments of Russia and China are planning to launch China’s first Mars probe in October 2011.
Congressman Fred Upton (left) has the climate change movement enflamed with speculation about his upcoming tenure as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Last week the Michigan Republican teamed with Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips to publish an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled "How Congress Can Stop the EPA's Power Grab." They described new carbon dioxide emission regulations imposed January 2 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs."
Big Brother may potentially be armed with yet another tool against the American populace, according to the New York Times: computers that can see and report on the behaviors of individuals. The computers may be used in prisons to analyze inmates' behavior and can alert corrections officers to potential incidents based on what the computer observes.
In yet another effort to “go green," a number of businesses in Orlando, Florida, have assigned priority parking — similar to handicapped parking – to drivers of hybrid vehicles.