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.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.