Jon Stewart used eminent domain debates to criticize Republicans over their support of the Keystone Pipeline in a recent Daily Show. In his usual method, he juxtaposed statements by Republicans decrying the use of the power of eminent domain and supporting its use for the Keystone Pipeline project.
The Show’s use of this topic shows two things. First, eminent domain remains a very controversial topic and a hot button issue. Second, when and how this power should be used is very complicated. Permitting utilities – including privately owned utilities – to use the power of eminent domain is hardly a new concept. However, it is rarely the focus of debate. Controversial projects often draw attention to this issue which was the case with Jon Stewart.
The clip can be found at little-seizers