Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Keystone Analogy

After reading the depressing but not-at-all surprising article in the Guardian on Friday about how the President seems likely to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, I thought of the following analogy that I think describes the indefensibility of the (apparent) White House position.

Mayor presides over food desert town with obesity crisis. McDonald's is looking to open up a new location in town. Mayor says it's okay to approve the zoning of the McDonald's because he thinks it will have no impact on the health of the town("They'll get it from somewhere, and, hey, we have plenty of fast food restaurants already and we're not dead yet.") and because he will have the elementary school kids do 15 minutes of sittercise a week.  Mayor stresses the importance of an "all-of-the-above" approach to feeding the town. Urban farmers and public health advocates sigh in disappointment.

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