Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., uses a letter to the editor in The New York Times to criticize an editorial about global-warming legislation. She notes that the bill would set aside more than $2 trillion to help consumers deal with energy costs. In addition, hearings were held focusing on the economic ramifications of the bill, writes Boxer, who is chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Some lawmakers say the chemical industry hopes to postpone legislation aimed at protecting chemical facilities from terrorist attacks. The American Chemistry Council has said that crafting new laws will delay putting anti-terrorism measures in place. "The good news is we have a comprehensive set of regulations in place. We certainly don't want to fix something that isn't broken," said ACC lobbyist Marty Durbin.
Some scientists say plastic shower curtains do not create health concerns, but other groups warn that chemicals in the curtains seep into the air. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has called studies criticizing the curtains "phantasmagorical" and "ridiculous."
Companies have taken steps to address concerns surrounding plastic water bottles that contain bisphenol-A, blogger Allison Arieff writes. She notes that publicity surrounding the bottles has sent consumers looking for reusable bottles, but notes that many people may drink energy drinks and soda instead.