Peter Haynes – The Arizona Game and Fish Department began a five-year project to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Within weeks of the first release, mountain lions began eating the new arrivals. In response, to help the herd gain a foothold, the Department made good on its written policy and killed two of the predatory lions.
Kevin Karges – It is predicted that 2013 will be the first year annual U.S. solar installations will surpass 100,000 systems. This surge has resulted in the U.S. increasing its share of global solar installations from 5 percent in 2008 to 13 percent in 2013. Lawmakers in several leading solar states have recognized these claims and are taking corrective action.
Seth Grossman – General Motors introduced the first consumer electric car at the 1990 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. That same year, California introduced an ambitious plan to have zero-emission vehicles reach 2% of total California car sales by 1998 – the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program. I will examine several of the initiatives that attempt to increase the share of zero-emission vehicles in the market and then assess what needs to be done to ensure this transition is done sustainably.
by Patrick Doyle – On June 27, 2013, the United States Senate passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” A key part of the legislation involves measures aimed at improving border security. The Senate Bill calls for at least 700 miles of fencing along the Southern border of the United States.