On Sunday’s Up w/ Chris Hayes, we’ll ask what President Obama can do, through executive powers alone, to make climate change a priority in his second term. We’ll also examine whether the president’s renewed commitment to fighting climate change can be reconciled with the proposed construction of a pipeline — the Keystone XL pipeline — to transport oil from Canadian tar sands to the United States.
Then we’ll turn to the National Football League, which is preparing to stage perhaps the largest and most popular sports spectacle in America next week, the Super Bowl. The family of Junior Seau, an All-Pro linebacker who shot himself in May, has filed suit against the NFL for negligence, after Seau’s brain tested positive for the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The suit alleges the league concealed the dangers of repetitive blows to the head and placed its $9 billion-a-year business ahead of the health and safety of its players.
And finally, we’ll discuss the legacy of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month. And we’ll examine the role of hackers — whose ability to turn dissent into concrete action terrifies people in power — in political life. Aaron’s partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, will join us for the discussion.
Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on MSNBC will be:
Francis Beinecke, president of the National Resources Defense Council.
Mary Ann Easterling, widow of Ray Easterling, former Atlanta Falcons safety who committed suicide in April, 2012.
Mike Pesca (@pescami), sports correspondent for National Public Radio.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman (@Sum_Of_Us), executive director and founder of SumofUs.org and partner of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Paul Bledsoe (@paulbledsoe), former communications director, White House Climate Change Task Force (1998-2000), and president of Bledsoe & Associate – a strategic public policy frim specializing in communications on energy, natural resources, climate change and tax policy.
Lawrence Lessig (@Lessig), Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Susan Crawford (@scrawford), author of “Captive Audience: Telecom Monopolies in the New Gilded Age,” professor for the Center on Intellectual Property & Information Law Program at Carodozo School of Law, visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School and co- director of the Berkman Center on Internet & Society.
Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisi), senior editor for The Atlantic, author of “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood.”
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (), CEO of the non-profit Green for All.