Here's the inconvenient truth about the Keystone XL: TransCanada does not need the pipeline's northern leg to begin pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands daily through America's breadbasket for export overseas.
We are right to rally our compassion for the victims, but the inconvenient truth is that the solution to this problem is rooted in recognizing and listening to the bullies, most of whom are and/or were victims.
Our dependency on plastic is not purely physical; it is the word used for surgery of many of those most of us envy. And sadly it is a word that describes many of us, certainly in how we deal on the outside.
I am told that Gore opposes atomic energy. But if so, his public silence -- and lack of action -- is deafening. If he really wants to have a lasting impact, he must join us in publicly opposing nuclear power.