Eco-News Roundup: Monday, August 3

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A Monday morning mix of what’s new and Marble-esque in our other blogs:

Single-payer step forward: House liberals have struck a deal with Henry Waxman to bring legislation that would establish a single-payer health care system up for vote.

God smiles on Harry Reid: Between Max Baucus distracting the left on health care reform and the White House threatening to delay or cancel the proposed nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain, it’s been a good month for the Senate majority leader.

The biggest loser, kitty edition: Kevin Drum figures the Internet is (shockingly) wrong about how many calories his cats should consume, especially if they want to keep their girlish figures.

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