UPDATE: Ed Schultz has joined the PCCC in opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline! Watch him say "I was wrong" and come out against the pipeline.
PCCC Co-Founder Adam Green was recently asked by Ed Schultz for his thoughts on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Click here to listen to Adam discussing the issue:
“We see what’s happening in West Virginia right now when polluters have their way and entire rivers and water lines get polluted. There are these explosions, you can Google and see, pipelines erupting and causing huge fireballs in communities and we know that’s part of the risk. As Michael Brune [Executive Director of the Sierra Club] was saying, we don’t have to choose between two bad options. The obvious path forward is to find clean energy sources and not kind of checkmate ourselves into, do we transport this toxic stuff to our communities by rail or by pipeline? We need a third choice.”Adam also noted how disagreements over Keystone has the potential to create fractures within the Democratic coalition which plays into the hand of Republicans:
"I just don’t like a ‘process of elimination' argument; I don’t like feeling boxed in to making a horrible choice. If there is a legitimate reason, I’m interested in hearing that, but the net effect – looking at this in a big picture perspective – is I see a Republican advantage to dividing labor vs. the environmentalists. There’s so many bad things that we need to be united against that I just see this as a huge wedge issue and I think the default should be taking it [Keystone XL] off the table, not approving it.”Rather than focus on the pipeline, Adam urged the Democratic Party to champion an aggressive clean-energy jobs agenda:
“Imagine a situation where the president said, 'We are going to invest whatever it takes in clean energy. And I’m working with Democratic leaders in Congress, particularly Harry Reid, to schedule votes over and over on this. We’re going to get labor and the environmentalists on the same side and really invest in our communities. And the idea that, 'oh it can’t be done,' will be discarded because we’re going to make sure it gets done.'Click to listen to Adam Green talk Keystone XL with Ed Schultz.
Wouldn’t you rather be fighting that fight and thinking about the next generation from that perspective, as opposed to, again, feeling checkmated into sacrificing by having this pollution underneath our communities that will, at some point, blow up?”