Professor of Political Science and Managing Director of the Energy Institute at USCProfessor of Political Science and Managing Director of the Energy Institute at USC. From 1996 to 1998 he was the Senior Energy Policy Analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
FROM Mark Bernstein
The Politics of Energy in California The skyrocketing price of gasoline has President Bush and other Republicans trying to lift the ban on oil and gas drilling in the waters off shore. They want to give every state with a coastline the option to explore. Since the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, that’s been anathema in California, but the price of gasoline is higher here than almost any place else. The latest Field Poll shows that Californians are changing their behavior…and maybe their minds.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.
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.