Last time the public was tuned in, the Justice Department was vigorously prosecuting corporate giants such as Enron for massive frauds committed during the waning days of the stock bubble. Assisted by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, government lawyers were racking up victories in the battle against white-collar crime. One recent highlight was the October sentencing of former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling to 24 years in prison.
Evidence for human-caused climate change is now so compelling that policy makers are unlikely to ignore it.
Floridians don’t always agree on things. Remember the presidential election of 2000? That’s why a recent survey showing Florida citizens’ overwhelming support for medical and health research is so striking.
Despite ominous predictions that this hurricane season would rival last year’s onslaught of killer storms, the season ended quietly on Nov. 30. The lessons of Hurricane Katrina, however, require us to plan for what lies ahead. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to enact comprehensive catastrophe legislation to prepare for and respond to the worst Mother Nature has to offer.