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Act Out! [47] - Digging deep into the methane leak, show up against TPP & feel-good stories

Act Out! [47] - Digging deep into the methane leak, show up against TPP & feel-good stories
Wed, 1/27/2016

This week – Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program is gonna give you all the nasty details on the methane leak in California – the backstory, present putrid mess and what's next. Also, some silver lining stories PLUS next week is an important week of action all across the US, so mark your calendars. But first, let's start off with a contemplative musing –--- how do you remember?

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Brett Kavanaugh, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Supreme Court

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Protests at Standing Rock during the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

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A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Corinne Segal / pbs.org)

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participatory budgeting, citizen decision-making, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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