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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.