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Thu May 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM PDT

WATCH: The "Obama Pipeline"?

by Van Jones

We have been hearing a lot about scandals recently.

But if President Obama approves a pipeline equal to more than seven new coal-fired power plants? And does so just months after promising to act AGAINST climate change?

Now THAT'S a scandal.

President Obama said in his second inaugural address that failing to act on climate change would "betray future generations." Now, it looks like he will do exactly that by approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

I made a new video about what is at stake, please take a look:

(I'd appreciate any help getting this out there! Please share this video on Facebook or on Twitter. Thank you!!)

If President Obama truly thinks this project is good for America, he should embrace it publicly. He should call it the "Obama Tar Sands Pipeline." He should show up at the ribbon cutting. If he refuses to do that and still approves Keystone XL, the first thing that pipeline will run over is his credibility on climate.

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Aren't you tired of the whole conversation about our economic future being highjacked by the same, out-of-touch people who apparently have no idea what is happening in our schools and neighborhoods?

They yammer endlessly about the deficit. I know we need to address that at some point. But for God's sake, right now: FOLKS NEED JOBS. (Better yet: CAREERS!) And good schools. Peaceful streets. Clean air and water. Dignity. Opportunity. Respect. All of that. And more.

We ended up with a deficit because of the Bush wars, the Bush tax cuts, and the Bush bailouts. Now, if reports are to be believed, President Obama and Speaker Boehner are nearing agreement on a deal to pay down that same deficit by slashing Social Security, cutting veterans benefits, and raising taxes on the poor and middle class.

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My reason to help maximize voter turnout is simple: We cannot let the GOP's "bodies on the beach" strategy succeed.

I explained this strategy a few months ago on MSNBC:

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