Roundtable: Hunter’s Guilty Plea; Poway Water Woes; Al Gore
Friday, December 6, 2019
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No longer a witch hunt. Duncan Hunter now says he's guilty of corruption. What's next for the East County congressman and those running to replace him? An inconvenient truth. Al Gore brings his climate message to San Diego as scientists escalate their warnings for our planet. And, more than an inconvenience. How the water problem in Poway could end up ... Read more →
Aired: December 6, 2019 | Transcript+ Subscribe to this podcast
Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune
Priya Sridhar, KPBS News reporter
Erik Anderson, KPBS News environment reporter
Matt Hoffman, KPBS News reporter
Hunter's Guilty Plea
Turns out it wasn't a hoax, nor was it fake news, or a witch hunt. Republican Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty this week to a campaign finance crime. He faces up to five years in federal prison and will surrender his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the three years since The Union-Tribune broke the story of gross misuse of campaign funds by Hunter and his wife, Margaret, the Congressman has claimed both innocence and victimhood. Now he's saying he made some mistakes.
U.N.'s Dire Climate-Change Warning
We are closing out a bleak decade in the struggle to slow earth's warming. Reports coinciding with the United Nation's meeting on climate change in Madrid this week show global greenhouse-gas emissions will set another record in 2019, rising by 0.6%. The latest UN study concluded that emissions need to drop sharply — by 7.6% annually starting next year — if we are to meet in the goal of limiting warming to 1.5% Celsius set in the Paris climate accord.
Poway Water Woes
Recent rains have been welcome all across fire-weary, drought-plagued California. An exception might be the city of Poway, though, as stormwater caused a big headache. In recent winters, we've had drought-busting storms to great fanfare. Why is this problem plaguing Poway now?
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