FROM Daniel Kammen
Should the UC Schools Get Out of Fossil Fuels? You might remember the long campaign to divest in South Africa, then Sudan, big tobacco, Israel. Now divestment is back again on college campuses. This time, the cause is global warming. Over the past two years, student activists at nearly 400 colleges across the US have been campaigning to push their schools to pull fossil fuel out of their portfolios. Last week Pitzer College joined the fray, and students in the UC system are urging their schools to follow suit . There's a significant amount of money at stake, and many asset managers say divestment is financially irresponsible for public universities. They're not alone. Others also believe that divesting is not the most efficient political strategy. We hear different viewpoints.
Carbon Tax Bill Would Charge McMansions for Global Warming For several years the battle to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases has focused on the automobile. Hummers became public enemies and the Prius was suddenly chic. Now, Washington has found a new villain in the fight against global warming—American homes. John Dingell of Michigan and other key members of Congress are considering painful measures, including eliminating the cherished mortgage deduction for wasteful McMansions. It's a sign that the global warming fight is now more about ways and means than science. Is it a political ploy or are McMansions going to go the way of the gas guzzler? Jim Sterngold guest hosts.
Energy Independence and Ethanol One day after his State of the Union address, President Bush was on the road pushing energy independence by way of alternative fuels. Ethanol production, which is already a booming industry, would be increased five times on the way to reducing consumption of gasoline by twenty percent in the next ten years. Dozens of new, corn-based ethanol plans are coming on line in the farm states, and Wall Street sees a new gold rush. American voters also expect there's ethanol in their future, but there are plenty of not-so-hidden costs. Will corn-based ethanol deplete the food supply? What about greenhouse gases from ethanol and other "alternatives" like oil shale and coal? Is conservation a better solution? We're joined by pollsters, and energy experts and producers.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.