Power Players

  • Fracking vs. forests: How Sally Jewell squares protecting wilderness with supporting energy industry

    David Kerley, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players8 days ago

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    If Interior Secretary Sally Jewell had it her way, she’d make her office in the great outdoors.

    “This is my favorite office; it's my favorite playground -- one with no walls,” Jewell told “Power Players” during a hike through Maine’s Acadia National Park.

    On the 50 th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which established the protection of 9 million acres worth of wilderness on federal lands, Jewell discussed the balancing act she plays in trying to simultaneously conserve the nation’s precious wilderness, while also tapping into the potential for oil and gas development ventures.

    “This job is full of absolutes on both sides -- those that are more involved in just ‘drill, baby, drill, and let's not worry about it,’ and those who believe that we've got to change things overnight,” Jewell said. “And the truth is: we can't have either.”

    When it comes to climate change, Jewell said it’s time for non-believers to wake up to the scientific facts.

    “I tell them climate change is real,” Jewell said when asked what she says to those who question that  climate change is occurring. “The science is very clear, and they need to get on board and move forward.”

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  • Patrolling the Rio Grande: On the front lines with a U.S. border patrol agent

    Jim Avila, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players14 days ago

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    Illegal immigration may be a hot-button political issue in Washington, D.C., but for U.S. Border Patrol agent Luis Rodriguez, who works on the front lines of the battle to curb illegal crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border, it is much more than a philosophical debate: It is a daily reality.

    In this episode of “Power Players,” Rodriguez takes us along for a patrol on the Rio Grande, along one of the most heavily used routes by which migrants cross illegally into the United States.

    “This is a spot that is well known for rocking incidents, especially once it starts getting dark,” Rodriguez warns as the boat speeds through a narrow area of the river. “They throw rocks in front of the boat going 30 mph in one direction.”

    While some of the rocks are thrown by mischievous kids, Rodriguez blames some of the incidents on illegal smugglers.

    “We are interrupting their business, so they want to take some kind of revenge on us,” he said.

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