Cushing, Oklahoma, is called the pipeline crossroads of the world. It's the world's largest oil storage hub. President Obama announced a plan to fast track the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline to connect oil stores in Oaklahoma to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
A year ago, a tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. The government is still trying to figure out how to clean up radioactive cesium in an area that is mostly mountainous and wooded.
Author Andrew Smith talked to astronauts from the Apollo Moon program and found that their lives were indelibly changed by their mission. One of those astronauts, Alan Bean, tells LOE that his walk on the moon inspired him to paint about his experience.