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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.