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Keystone and Congress

Keystone and Congress

“Keystone became a symbol, that if you could block this one project, maybe worldwide people would think twice before vigorously trying to extract oil from oil sands and similar projects,” the New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza says on this week’s Political Scene podcast. Lizza is joined by his fellow-writer John Cassidy and the host Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the politics of oil in the new, Republican-dominated Congress. They discuss Obama’s threat to veto the pipeline, the economic downsides of falling oil prices, and the reasons we won’t see a carbon tax. “I’m sure the Obama Administration is in favor of an energy tax. Most moderate conservative economists are in favor of it if you push them against the wall, but it’s the politics that has been seen as poison,” says Cassidy.

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