FROM Joseph Romm
New Energy Secretary Issues Dire Warning on Global Warming On at least one issue, President Obama has reversed the Bush Administration by 180 degrees, a move that could be crucial for California. The new Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu, is a Californian, and today he made a stark prediction about California’s future. If no action is taken to slow climate change, there will be no agriculture in less than 100 years. Chu gave his first interview since taking office to Jim Tankersley of the Chicago Tribune Company.
New Energy Secretary Issues Dire Warning on Global Warming The Bush Administration took heat for downplaying the dangers of climate change. Although he's not a climatologist, President Obama's new Energy Secretary, Nobel laureate Steven Chu , directly acknowledged the severity of the problem in an interview with Jim Tankersley of the Chicago Tribune with one of the starkest predictions yet: no agriculture in California in less than 100 years.
Energy Costs, the Environment and the Presidential Campaign Responding to rising gasoline prices, President Bush and candidate John McCain are calling on Congress to end the moratorium on drilling for oil off-shore. For both the President and the Senator, this is a change in policy; Barack Obama calls it a "flip-flop." Oil companies concede that nobody knows how much is available, how long it would take to produce or what the impact on prices might be. But Democrats in Florida and Virginia are among those joining Republicans who want the moratorium lifted. Has rage over fuel costs reached a tipping point or is McCain making a risky political bet? What about the environment, global warming and the effort to get America off the oil economy?
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.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.