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MSNBC's ‘Ed Show' Discusses Senate's Latest Scuffle Over a Keystone XL Vote
Republican Senators failed to push a Keystone XL vote through an energy bill a month ago, but that doesn't mean they won't try again.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has asked Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to hold a vote on a bill that would force approval of the 830,000-barrel-per-day, according to The Associated Press. The possible vote would be a way to circumvent the State Department's indefinite postponement of a decision.
McConnell, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and others face more trouble in getting a vote than Reid's power, however. Federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration inspections found that TransCanada failed to employ approved welding procedures during the construction of the southern leg of its already existing Keystone One pipeline. New construction regulations placed on TransCanada late last month seemingly prove advocates and environmentally conscious legislators right—Keystone XL would produce more harm than benefits.
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By Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the U.S. as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good.
The shipping industry is coming to grips with its egregious carbon footprint, as it has an outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to the dumping of chemicals into open seas. Already, the global shipping industry contributes about 2 percent of global carbon emissions, about the same as Germany, as the BBC reported.
The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors can stroll along the water's edge, gazing up at the stately monument.
But at high tide, people are forced off parts of the path. Twice a day, the Tidal Basin floods and water spills onto the walkway.