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Political Analysis - Unharmonic Convergence Part 5- 02/13/14
Feb 13th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Fossil Fueled Disasters --  
Pipelines, Pollution and Propaganda


In the wake of a disastrous week for the US fossil fuel industry and the environment -- including (but not limited to) a massive coal slurry spill at a plant owned by Patriot Coal in West Virginia, a gas well explosion at Chevron's facility in Dilliner, Pennsylvania and another gas explosion in Tioga, North Dakota, Sandy LeonVest presents Part 5 of PRN's series UNHARMONIC CONVERGENCE.

This week's segment "Pipelines, Pollution and Propaganda" features Alex Lotorto, of the Energy Justice Network and Dr. Sean Sweeney, co-author of the groundbreaking report, “Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Alex Lotorto, a union delegate for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) talks to Sandy about the Blue-Green Alliance conference in Washington DC, which took place this week, as well as the current split among labor groups, with respect to the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL). He debunks the "jobs versus environment" myth, and discusses how labor and the climate change movement can coalesce in a way that promotes both decent-paying jobs and a livable planet. Later in the hour, the Global Labor Institute's Dr. Sean Sweeney joins the discussion to talk about his groundbreaking report: "“Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline”
 
Dr. Sean Sweeney is the director of Cornell University's Global Labor Institute and co-author of “Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline” 
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