FROM Bob King
Pain at the Pump: What's behind the High Gas Prices? Republicans are blaming the President, and he's announcing new energy strategies , as the price of gasoline is up to more than $4 a gallon in parts of the country for the first time since 2008. The average increase is 30 cents since the start of the year. A top House Republican says, "Gas prices will be the number one issue by summertime." What are the real reasons for the increase? How long is it likely to last? We talk with Daniel Yergin, a leading authority on the topic, and others.
Gasoline Prices Make for a Long, Hot Political Summer The price of gasoline is up by an average of 30 cents since the start of the year. In parts of the country it's more than $4 a gallon , for the first time since 2008. Republicans are denouncing the Obama Administration, and the President is announcing new energy strategies . But gasoline prices go up every summer. Why? Do federal policies make a difference, whoever's in office? We talk with renowned energy expert Daniel Yergin, and get some tips for consumers on what to expect and how you can find " the lowest prices near you ."
Permanent Drought and Water Efficiency The dried-out forests of South Lake Tahoe are ablaze today with hundreds of homes destroyed and hundreds more in danger. Meantime, a historically Western problem is moving East. Grass that used to be underwater caused massive fires last month in Florida's Lake Okeechobee; there's drought in about one-third of the country, including 40% of Alaska and parts on Minnesota. However, not all water shortages are caused by Mother Nature. With drought increasingly a fact of life, we talk about shortages caused by the way we use water. Are water restrictions and higher prices in store?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?