China's Economy and California's Water Wars
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The Governor and legislative leaders have unveiled plans to resolve a water crisis that's been years in the making. We'll hear what it would mean for Southern California and the rest of the state. What are its prospects in Sacramento? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, China will soon pass Japan as the world's second largest economy, but it's not easy to cope with such rapid expansion. How long can the growth continue? Can the US and China afford to be adversaries or will global problems require an uneasy partnership?
No Economic Downturn in China ()
Two things most Americans associate with China are astonishing economic growth and mind-boggling pollution. But growth also means stock-market and real-estate bubbles, a shrinking private sector and a restive working class. Now China’s trying to go green at the same time it builds coal plants and imports oil.
- Deborah Seligsohn: Consultant, World Resources Institute
- Rana Foroohar: International Economics Editor, Newsweek
- Minxin Pei: Adjunct Senior Associate of the China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- David Lampton: Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Will the Water Wars Never End? ()
Cutbacks in urban water use, penalties for agricultural diversions, new dams and, possibly, a Peripheral Canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. These are some of the provisions of a massive water plan unveiled yesterday after months of negotiations behind closed doors. Democratic leaders in the Assembly and Senate said they had the momentum for a vote before the end of this week, but even supporters don't agree on just what the measure would really do.
- Jeffrey Kightlinger: General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
- Jim Metropulos: Senior Advocate, Sierra Club of California
- Tom Birmingham: General Manager, Westlands Water District
- Anthony York: Capitol Weekly, @AnthonyYorkLAT
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