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CURRENT EVENT | JULY 12, 2021

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project Canceled

A controversial project to build a pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. has been canceled. The fight over the pipeline has been waged for 10 years, as activists challenged the safety and environmental impact of the project and past presidents have alternately shut it down and revived it. President Biden’s order canceled the project amid public concerns about climate change that continue to grow. Listen to learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline project and hear an activist recall her decade-long battle to defeat it.

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Story Length: 3:43

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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