FROM Alice Walton
The Aliso Canyon gas leak one year later One year ago, an aging natural gas well owned by the Southern California Gas Company sprung a massive leak, kicking off what would eventually become the largest leak of natural gas in U.S. history. In the four months it took to plug the gas leak in Aliso Canyon, near Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley, around 100,000 metric tons of methane were released into the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of about a million cars being driven for a year, and enough to single-handedly torpedo the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Thousands of people evacuated, and the leak has since put the spotlight on hundreds of other storage facilities.
Los Angeles Is a Democracy: Why Do So Few People Care? If low voter turnout is a disaster, it's time to declare an emergency in the City of LA. Yesterday — in City Council and School Board districts containing hundreds of thousands of people -- some candidates won office with totals of five or 6000 votes. Is it time to pay the poor if they go to the polls and fine the rich if they don't? Should you be able to vote on your phone?
A Primer on the March 8 Election Seven of 15 Los Angeles city council seats are up for grabs next month, along with 4 of 7 seats on the LA School Board—not to mention 10 ballot measures that are confusing even to the people who put them on the ballot. Tonight we’ll get a survey of the choices voters will have on pension reform, libraries and political contributions. There’s a proposed tax on oil wells—and one on medical marijuana, even though the measure itself points out it’s illegal to sell it.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.