FROM Lester Snow
California Is Sinking… Faster than Ever Surveys taken by NASA satellites demonstrate that land in California's Central Valley sunk between 10 and 13 inches in the second half of last year. Since then, it might have dropped even more. The sinking is nothing new, but it's happening faster as the result of groundwater pumping by farmers who aren't getting their usual allotments from water-project reservoirs because of the drought. Lisa Krieger is reporting on the consequences for the San Jose Mercury-News .
The Push to Regulate California’s New Gold… Water California is the only Western state with no regulations on groundwater. Big landowners can pump as much as they want. And, as the drought gets worse, that’s what they’re doing. The Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis compares that to overdrawing a savings account.
Is California Ready for more Water Wars? After a very wet winter, California voters approved last year ten billion dollars in bonds for water projects that includes flood control. Now, after a winter of very little rain, both Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats are proposing more water bonds for next year. The Governor wants to build two big new reservoirs.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.