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A Debate: Should the U.S. Approve TransCanada's Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline? 1 of 2
Thousands of environmental activists from across the continent plan to gather in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to launch a two-week protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. oil refineries Gulf of Mexico. The massive pipeline would cross the Yellowstone River, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the United States. Environmentalists plan to hold sit-ins and other acts of civil disobedience outside the White House everyday in order to pressure the Obama administration as it decides whether to approve the pipeline's construction. Supporters of the pipeline say the pipeline will create some 20,000 construction jobs, and the company behind it, TransCanada, has already signed agreements to employ the members of four international unions if the project is approved. Last month, the Republican-controlled House passed a measure that would force a decision on the Keystone XL by November 1. As the Obama administration faces industry pressure on one side and sustained grassroots protest on the other, Democracy Now! hosts a debate between Cindy Schild, the Refining Issues Manager at the American Petroleum Institute, and Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, a group taking part in the Washington protests.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dJAkZ5lyUSIA Debate: Should the U.S. Approve TransCanada's Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil... more
Keith Olbermann has enlisted a motley crew for his nightly Current TV show "Countdown with Keith Olbermann": director-slash-agitator Michael Moore, comedian Richard Lewis and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns have all signed on as contributors before the show's launch on June 20.
"I'm delighted and honored that so many of my friends -- who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today -- will be joining me as contributors to 'Countdown' on Current," Olbermann said in a statement. "I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20, will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we're assembling."
Which leads us to wonder: What is Burns doing with this provocateur crowd?
Burns has never hidden his political beliefs -– he once gave a speech called "Why I Am a Yellow Dog Democrat" –- but his PBS series usually make subtler points than Olbermann, a man whose own PR team calls him "one of journalism's most provocative and outspoken voices." Sure, Burns will rally for the national parks, but it's hard to see him calling some national-park-hater "The Worst Person in the World."
Then again, Burns did make that "Baseball" series for PBS, and we all know how Olbermann feels about that subject. If Burns can spare a little rage for Olbermann's favorite teams, we'd love to see these two throw down.
http://lat.ms/ldYcXsKeith Olbermann has enlisted a motley crew for his nightly Current TV show... more