FROM Michael Wehner
Los Angeles Takes Another Serious Look at Water LA has become a megalopolis in an arid part of the country by importing water from the Owens Valley, Northern California and the Colorado River. But those supplies are beginning to dry up as demand is increasing. Mayor Villaraigosa wants to impose restrictions on water use, capture the rainwater that now flows out to sea and reclaim the waste water that now goes down the drain.
Where Has All The Water Gone? Thirteen years may sound like a long time, but when you’re talking about the water supply for Southern California, it’s a different story. That’s all the time that may be left for reservoirs on the Colorado River serving 20 million people.
Down the Drain and Up Again The current dry spell is likely to continue for a long time to come, and Southern California's water supply is also being reduced by legal demands on the Colorado River and environmental issues in northern California. On Friday, Orange County will turn on the world's largest plant devoted to purifying waste water out of the sewer. Despite the cliché, though, it won't go right to the tap. The Mayor of San Diego vetoed its City Council's plan for what's called "Indirect Potable Reuse" or IPR. That's the recycling of sewage to make it part of the water supply, also called—somewhat misleadingly—"toilet to tap." We hear more about Orange County's IPR program and why San Diego's mayor turned it down.
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?