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The Ports of LA and Long Beach generate billions for Southern California's economy.  They're also the biggest fixed source of pollution. But after years of pressure from surrounding communities, they agreed to clean up their act, and it's paying off. The clean truck program is actually ahead of schedule, and cancer-causing diesel particulates have been cut by 72 percent. We hear how that happened, what it means for public health and how much more needs to be done. Also, wind farms, the Endangered Species Act and the Golden Eagle. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the debt ceiling, the President and next year's campaign.

Banner image: First CNG trucks arrive at the Port of Long Beach

Main Topic Los Angeles Air Is a Little Bit Cleaner 19 MIN, 25 SEC

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are still this region's biggest stationary polluters, but the Port of Long Beach is claiming a 72 percent reduction in cancer-causing diesel particulates. It's the result of an effort begun after years of community agitating.

Thomas Jelenic, Port of Long Beach
Melissa Lin-Perrella, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC)
Josh Owen, Ability Tri-Modal Transportation Services

Reporter's Notebook Federal Officials Investigating Eagle Deaths at Wind Farm 6 MIN, 57 SEC

Wind power is an alternative to what's generated by fossil fuels, but it's not entirely kind to the environment. LA's Department of Water and Power may be running afoul of the Endangered Species Act. As many as six golden eagles have been struck dead by wind turbines at the Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains. Dan Taylor is Director of Public Policy at Audubon California.

Dan Taylor, Audubon California

Main Topic The Debt Ceiling and the 2012 Presidential Playing Field 26 MIN, 40 SEC

The Debt Ceiling and the 2012 Presidential Playing FieldThe deficit reduction deal isn't over yet and it might play a role in next year's presidential campaign. Tea-Party favorite Michele Bachmann opposed any debt ceiling increase; moderate Jon Huntsman said one was needed. Other Republican presidential contenders had little to say while the debate was on, but now that it's over, Mitt Romney calls it a bad deal. Rick Perry, who's not yet announced, is still silent. What does that tell us about how the Republican nomination campaign is shaping up? Did the President give up so much he looks like a weak leader? 

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)
Nate Silver, New York Times
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com (@ggreenwald)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)

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