Oil pipelines are laid down every day, but the one called Keystone XL has become a test of President Obama's environmental legacy. What are the possible consequences for climate change and the economy? Will he make a decision before the midterm elections? Could that determine who controls the Senate? Also, Microsoft's new CEO and one of tech's toughest jobs, and Facebook's tenth anniversary. We hear what Mark Zuckerburg has in mind for the future.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Microsoft has appointed a new CEO who'll try to keep the tech behemoth relevant in a fast-moving world. Satya Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India, but he's been with Microsoft since 1992. Jonathan Krim is technology editor for the Wall Street Journal.
The Keystone XL Pipeline would bring oil from Canadian tar sands to North Dakota. There, it would connect to an existing pipeline that runs to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Because it would cross an international border, the State Department must file a statement on the environmental impact. That report came down last week, and while it downplays the impact on global warming, it's just uncertain enough to add fuel to both sides. Republicans see a green light for energy independence. Environmentalists warn of climate disaster. Democrats are divided, with the President caught in the middle -- and control of the Senate might be at stake. Where would the pipeline go? Who would be affected along the route? How has it come to symbolize the conflict between global warming and the economy?
Steven Mufson, Washington Post (@StevenMufson)
Michael Brune, Sierra Club (@bruneski)
Brigham McCown, National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (@BAMcCown)
Darren Goode, Politico (@DarrenGoode)
Facebook turns 10 years old today — with a value of $135 billion and 1.23 billion users. We hear what they like and don't like about Facebook itself, and what 29-year-old Mark Zuckerberg is thinking about the future.
More From To the Point
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Calif. governor’s race: John Cox interview Republican John Cox is a businessman originally from Chicago. He’s only lived in California for about a decade, but that hasn’t kept him from surging in recent polls — or… Read More
Calif. governor’s race: John Chiang interview Democrat John Chiang has been state treasurer since 2015. Before that he was the state controller for two terms. He’s now running to be the next governor of California. He… Read More