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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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A dire new report issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) found that the climate crisis is on a worrying trajectory as the crisis's hallmarks — sea level rise, ice loss and extreme weather — all increased over the last five years, which will end as the warmest five-year period on record.
By Peter Gleick
War is a miserable thing. It kills and maims soldiers and civilians. It destroys infrastructure, cultures and communities. It worsens poverty and development challenges. And it damages and cripples vital ecological and environmental resources.
Hundreds of activists gathered in the Swiss Alps on Sunday to mourn the loss of Pizol, a glacier that has steadily retreated over the last decade as temperatures have warmed the mountain tops, according to CNN.
Vice President Mike Pence sparked outrage on social media Saturday when he traveled in the first-ever motorcade to drive down the streets of Michigan's car-free Mackinac Island, HuffPost reported.
By Shawn Radcliffe
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- Officials report 8 deaths have been linked to lung illnesses related to vaping.
- Vitamin E acetate is one compound officials are investigating as a potential cause for the outbreak.
By Julia Conley
As organizers behind Friday's Global Climate Strike reported that four million children and adults attended marches and rallies all over the world — making it the biggest climate protest ever — they assured leaders who have been reticent to take bold climate action that the campaigners' work is far from over.