As oil and gas drilling expands across America and closer to major population centers, are communities being kept safe? That is the big question in Colorado, after two deadly explosions rocked the state. The blasts came amid a legislative debate over whether oil and gas operations should be set back further from schools, in order to protect children. Ultimately, Republican lawmakers — who were supported by huge oil/gas industry campaign contributions — blocked the proposed restrictions. They also blocked legislation that would have allowed residents to know where oil and gas lines are near their homes. On this week’s episode, I discussed the intensifying battle over oil and gas development with Rep. Mike Foote — the Democratic lawmaker who has been pushing the bills to restrict fossil fuel development.
Democrats today seem to love leaks of government information — because in recent months, those leaks have created all sorts of problems for Donald Trump. But it was only a few months ago that many of those same Democrats were slamming leaks, because the documents coming out were politically inconvenient to President Obama and Hillary Clinton. So do you hate leaks of government information, and do you want to see whistleblowers prosecuted? Or do you think leaks often help shed light on government actions that the public deserves know about? On this episode, we examine how leaks work — and whether they are a national security threat — with the guy who helped publish one of the biggest leaks in history: Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald.