A federal Judge has temporarily halted the Bayou Bridge Pipeline on environmental grounds. The pipeline would cut across Louisiana’s pristine Atchafalaya Basin in order to connect the Dakota Access Pipeline to the Gulf coast.
Clashes over an oil pipeline slated to cross historic Native territory in North Dakota continue after more the 140 people were arrested in protests last week. The increasingly high-stakes face-off is one of the biggest actions by Native Americans in years.
The price of a barrel of oil has fallen to its lowest level in more than half a decade — and it's still falling. That's put a major dent in the economies of some of the world's largest oil producers, like Iran and Russia. But in the US, it's cause for celebration, as falling oil prices are translating into plummeting prices at the pump.
After a judge denied a halt to construction of the section of the Dakota Access pipeline that borders the Standing Rock Sioux Nation reservation, three federal agencies issued a joint hold on the portion in dispute. This marks a change in attitude by the federal government concerning Native American rights.
Last night President Obama used his bully pulpit to make a very specific pitch for health care reform before a joint session of Congress. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, gives us the highlights, and we check back in with listeners.
For the first time in years, U.S. energy companies are moving to ship a sizable amount of U.S. crude oil abroad, in this case to Canada. It's just the latest step on the road to what economist Joe Stanislaw calls American "energy sufficiency."