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Scientists now say climate change can't be reversed for 1000 years, even if greenhouse gases are cut to pre-industrial levels. What does that mean for green technology? Are growing economies and populations sustainable? Also, California will get help from President Obama's stimulus program, but not enough to postpone spending cuts and increases in taxes. Are voters ready?  We talk with former Governor Gray Davis who knows what angry voters can do.

Producers:
Gary Scott
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Is the Fight against Global Warming Already Lost? 26 MIN, 54 SEC

In his first week as President, Barack Obama called for urgent measures to combat global warming. At the same time, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research released discouraging new findings. If carbon dioxide levels were cut back to pre-industrial levels, it would still take 1000 years to reverse the climate change that have already happened.

Guests:
Bill Patzert, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)
Earl Blumenauer, Congressman (D-OR) (@repblumenauer)
Robert Sirico, President and Co-founder, Acton Institute
Robert Hertzberg, Chairman and Co-founder, G24 Innovations

Hot, Flat and Crowded

Thomas L. Friedman

Making News Prosecutors Pursue Charges against Cardinal Mahony 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Los Angeles' Roman Catholic Archdiocese has agreed to pay $660 million to the victims of pedophile priests. But a federal grand jury is investigating Cardinal Roger Mahony on possible charges of fraud. That's according to today's LA Times.  Scott Glover co-wrote the story.

Guests:
Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times (@ScottGloverLAT)

Main Topic Who Will Rescue California from Its Sad Fiscal Shape? 18 MIN, 28 SEC

A think-tank with ties to President Obama estimates that California will get about $63 billion from his stimulus package; $19 billion would go for individual tax cuts and the rest would fund infrastructure projects, healthcare, schools and unemployment benefits. Ten billion of that would help reduce the $42 billion budget shortfall, not enough to avoid big tax increases and major cuts in spending. Are Californians ready for what lies in store? 

Guests:
Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California (@ppicnotes)
Gray Davis, former Governor of California
Allan Hoffenblum, Hoffenblum & Associates (@WeHoGOP)

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