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The Keystone XL Pipeline failed by one vote last night in the Senate, but there’s no doubt it’s alive to fight another day. Transporting Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico is a major issue in fight over climate change. But, so much has changed during delay over US approval, that the Keystone battle may be more symbolic than real.

Also, Nevada’s high political stakes of immigration reform, and the possible recall of hundreds of millions of cars.

Photo: A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota November 14, 2014.(Andrew Cullen/Reuters)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb

Nevada’s High Political Stakes of Immigration Reform 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama has scheduled a prime-time address to the nation tomorrow night to explain an executive order on immigration reform. On Friday he’ll travel to Las Vegas, the home of Senator Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat has questioned Republicans’ motive for not acting. ”Republican presidents going back to Dwight Eisenhower have used executive action to fix immigration, so why would this be such an issue with the Republicans. They’re looking for an excuse, an excuse not to help people who are so deserving.” John Ralston writes for RalstonReports.com and Politico.

Special thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.

Guests:
Jon Ralston, RalstonReports.com (@RalstonReports)

Keystone XL: the Pipeline that Won’t Go Away 35 MIN, 3 SEC

The Keystone XL Pipeline would help move tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Despite last night’s close loss in the Senate, there’s widespread public support, and Republicans promise to bring it up again as soon as they can. It’s been years since environmentalists first made it a powerful symbol of their war against climate change, but does it still matter? We look at the impact on the ground and the changing economics of oil and gas — in both Canada and the United States.

Guests:
Elana Schor, Politico (@eschor)
Ted Genoways, onEarth magazine (@tedgenoways)
Louis Finkel, American Petroleum Institute (@API_News)
Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail (@smccarthy55)

More:
Genoways on the high cost of oil
American Petroleum Institute on approving the pipeline
McCarthy on Greenpeace seeing ‘dirty tricks’ in PR firm’s TransCanada plan

Can a Japanese Airbag Protect You from Itself? 8 MIN, 19 SEC

Airbags are supposed to protect passengers during car crashes, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says bags installed in millions of cars are an immediate danger to drivers.  When they explode, they spray drivers and passengers with metal fragments. Five deaths have been linked to faulty airbags made by the Japanese company Takata. US safety regulators have asked BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Mazda for a recall. Nobody yet knows how many cars are involved. Jeff Bennett, who covers the automotive industry for the Wall Street Journal, joins us from Detroit.

Guests:
Jeff Bennett, Wall Street Journal (@jeffbennettwsj)

More:
Senate Committee hearing on Takata airbag defects, vehicle recall process
Recalls look-up by vehicle identification number

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