Olympians Talk Climate Change & Presidents Budget

Olympians Talk Climate Change & Presidents Budget

Olympians Talk Climate Change & Presidents Budget plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

The President has released his 2014 budget. The proposed $3.77 trillion budget for 2014 that would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade.

OBAMA: To make sure hard work is rewarded, we’ll build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for anybody who is willing to work hard to climb them.  So we’ll partner with 20 of our communities hit hardest by the recession to help them improve housing, and education, and business investment.  And we should make the minimum wage a wage you can live on -- because no one who works full-time should have to raise his or her family in poverty. 

75 leading U.S. Olympic medalists and other winter snow sports athletes have sent a message to the Obama White House: Take action now on climate change to protect the $12.2 billion U.S. winter sports industry and the tens of millions of Americans who rely upon it for recreation. In December, Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a report highlighting the economic impact of inconsistent winters on the U.S. snow sports community and tourism-dependent states and the implications of climate change on the future of snow sports.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

Most states have passed laws prohibiting the use of cell phones for texting or talking while driving, and for good reason. But watch out, daydreaming could be next. According to a recent study daydreaming while driving is far more dangerous than driving and texting. So, not paying attention is the primary cause of most auto accidents? It never ceases to amaze me how the most seemingly “well duh” subjects becomes the basis for a “study”. Reportedly, “over sixty percent of distracted driving accidents in the U.S. each year that resulted in fatalities were blamed on the seemingly innocuous act of being lost in thought.” Of course they gave “distraction” as a reason. Now that there are laws in place that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, who is really going to admit to causing an accident because they were texting or talking on their phone? Claiming “distraction by daydreaming” is far less apt to be punishable by large fines, loss of insurance, and or jail time. The list of things one shouldn’t do while driving is lengthy - eating, putting on makeup, searching the glovebox, reading, admiring the girl/guy in the car next to you. And that’s just a few of the driving distractions most of us have been guilty of at one time or another.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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