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Armchair Travel -- The Alaska Pipeline

    When:  2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Where:  Lake Room

The Alaska Pipeline

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 came at a pivotal point for Alaska. Just two years earlier, the largest North American oil field was discovered in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Timing couldn't have been better for environmentalists, and couldn't have been worse for the oil industry. The troubling question was how to get 10 billion gallons of oil out of America's last untouched pristine arctic wilderness. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is a tale of engineering genius and the brutal labor of thousands of men. It's the biggest, most expensive, and most controversial private enterprise in American history. A struggle to feed a nation desperate for oil vs impact on the planet. (60 min)