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What Hiking The Keystone XL Pipeline Taught Ken Ilgunas About Fossil Fuels And Climate Change

This program originally aired on April 21, 2016.

Ken Ilgunas was working as a dishwasher near the oil refineries of Alaska when his friend suggested they should hike the entire length of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

He immediately agreed, and a year later he started the journey from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas on foot.

Along the way, he interviewed the people he met about the prospects of a pipeline running through mostly private land. His adventures and his interviews are chronicled in his newest book, "Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland" (Blue Rider Press/2016).

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ilgunas about his journey and what he learned along the way about America's use of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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