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If looks could kill, we'd be looking for a new president right now.
Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.
Today is Human Rights Day which is observed every year on December 10 in recognition of the December 10, 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights in Paris. Fittingly, COP21 brings the human rights issue right back to Paris linking climate change to the fundamental issue of human rights.
In contrast with the many climate change conferences of recent years, the conference in Paris promises a new vision. Almost all countries put their planned climate protection efforts on the table.
Though Clinton is not a sure bet in 2016, she is the front-runner. By establishing 100 percent clean energy as her vision, the Obama Administration could see her announcement as further evidence that she will honor his climate commitment and help to build on his legacy.
As long as people are using oil -- and even with Brown's target of cutting use in half by 2030, we'll be using a lot of oil -- why not have California reap the economic rewards?
Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?