Troops for Afghanistan and Water for California
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For 30 years, California's water system has been in serious trouble. Last week in Sacramento, another Governor and another legislature failed to agree on how to get it fixed. With more than 200 federal, state and local water agencies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta alone, the problems go a lot deeper than political partisanship. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, despite fading support from the public and Congress, President Obama will likely be asked for another increase in troops for Afghanistan. We look at some difficult options, on the battlefield and on Capitol Hill.
Banner image: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Will Californians Ever Agree about Water? ()
Both the population and the economy of California are growing, but the amount of available water stays the same — unless it declines, as it's doing now in the worst drought in 20 years. For 30 years, governors and legislators have tried to increase storage and manage delivery for both urban and agricultural users at the same time protecting complex ecosystems. Last week, the latest effort collapsed into partisan wrangling despite what one Senator called "a decade's worth of progress in just a few weeks."
- Phil Isenberg: former Chair, Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force
- Jason Peltier: Deputy General Manager, Westlands Water District
- Jeffrey Kightlinger: General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
Obama's Two Fronts in the Afghan War ()
At his re-confirmation hearing today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said it's likely that commanders in Afghanistan will ask for more troops “very soon…”
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