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Good to see this change of heart and mind. I was very disappointed when Ed first came out so strongly in favor, but better late than never. Keystone XL is a benefit to its and the horrendous tar sands operations owners only. Everyone else loses big time.

Ed's previous position seemed like he'd swallowed every drill-baby-drill position of the White House and the fossil fuels industry and its backers.

Hyperliberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz rejected the conventional left-wing wisdom this week when he embraced construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and boy is he paying for it. On Thursday, seeking to mollify his outraged liberal viewership, Schultz brought two environmental activists onto his program for a debate that seemed right out of “The Twilight Zone.”

Schultz outlined the reasons behind his support of the Keystone Pipeline — held up for five years by the Obama administration — by emphasizing American energy independence and the safety of people living near rail lines carrying crude oil. He also dismissed environmentalist arguments that the pipeline will lead to more climate-alterning emissions.

His new position stated last night on his show

Schultz last month came out in favor of the controversial project, which would connect Alberta's tar sands oil to Gulf refineries. He called the pipeline "a step in the right direction when it comes to energy independence."

On Wednesday night, however, Schultz said that he changed his mind after hearing from people who would be affected by the pipeline. He said it would be "disastrous" if the pipeline "does leak, because it is irreversible."

"Mr. President, say no to this project," Schultz said. "I turn this night on this program. I was wrong. But after researching both sides and listening to all the experts, I don't think America needs to take this risk."

"Mr. President, it seems like you'll have to go talk to these people in Nebraska," Schultz added. "You won't have all the information, Mr. President, unless you do what I did. It's an eye opener."

FishOutofWater has an outstanding refutation of all the bullshit arguments in favor of KXL in this diary: Whereas I Prove* That Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have No Environmental Impacts

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  •  Good on Big Ed! n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Libertarianism is just Fascism with a facelift. Scratch the surface of Libertarianism and you will find the notion that corporations should rule supreme, just as it was with Fascism..

    by Walt starr on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:01:58 AM PST

  •  There is Obama's "out" go to Nebraska then (4+ / 0-)

    say NO because the Heartland people said no.

    great optics heading into the midterms

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:33:21 AM PST

    •  Not to be confused with The Heartland Institute, (2+ / 0-)
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      of course!

      Yeah, with public opinion split on this, he needs to lead on it. The science is clear, despite the disingenuous industry-biased claims to the contrary of the State Department report.

      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:42:11 AM PST

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      •  I hate that damned commercial, (2+ / 0-)
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        the one with the farm wife talking about how they looked into fracking and how safe and wonderful it is.

        When will the other side post an actual farm wife, or former farm wife, talking about dead cattle, burning tap water and abandoned farms? Can we find anyone who hasn't been paid hush money?

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:58:01 AM PST

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  •  It was a good segment (3+ / 0-)
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    after all his bloviating that i was inevitable and wouldn't endanger the environment. I give him credit for looking at all the facts and possibilities

    I tried embedding the video but this site sucks when it comes to videos.

    Yo, elfling and ct, get it together. It's been 4 years

    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

    by TheMomCat on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:50:34 AM PST

  •  Remember when (1+ / 0-)
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    Conservatives belittled people who changed their minds by calling it flip-flopping and waffling?
    Notice how the Right is terribly scared of being wrong, so their game plan is to always double down, even on a wrong idea, in the name of consistency and trustworthiness?

    Aren't you glad our side doesn't do that?

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:55:25 AM PST

  •  I'm not and never was for KXL (1+ / 0-)
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    But I don't understand why the "solution" wasn't to build the 3 foot pipeline parallel to the existing pipe that runs from Hardisty to Steele City? Still abysmal for emissions, but avoids a great deal of the Ogallala aquifer, thus removing aquifer farmers as a political roadblock.

    It's as if the Carbon Merchants want to risk fouling the aquifer just to see it happen.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:58:57 AM PST

  •  Ed Schultz really impressed me (1+ / 0-)
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    His liberal passions are not primarily in the environment and he therefore took a wrongheaded but admittedly courageous position for a liberal pundit. Now once he got the expected backlash, he could've done what most high profile pundits do and double down. But he did the exact opposite, and in the process brought us along with him on his journey of discovering what's wrong with KXL.

    For one week straight he started every show with 2 keystone critics to make their case, and he basically listened and posed questions, sometimes playing devils advocate and sometimes genuinely wanting to know something. He went to Nenraska to talk to the farmers rallying against the pipeline and said he felt he owed it to those people to see and understand what they're facing.

    He didn't fill his show wth people who would give him comfort, he did the opposite. It caused some uncomfortable and contentious viewing, like when Josh Fox was on the show and was harshly critical of Ed swallowing the State Dept study as objective. But he took the beating and rented out his show for an entire week to Keystone's biggest critics, whether it was Fox, Joe Romm, Michael Brune, or Jane Kleeb.

    With all that happening he kept an open mind and was won over. How could you not love Ed?

    •  You said: (0+ / 0-)
      It caused some uncomfortable and contentious viewing, like when Josh Fox was on the show and was harshly critical of Ed swallowing the State Dept study as objective.
      Fox came out with an attack on Ed with the first thing that came out of his mouth in that interview.   Instead of attacking facts or analysis, he personally attacked Ed, and made it personal.   Personal attacks on Ed do nothing to advance any anti-KXL cause.

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