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Alberta Tar Sands

The Myths Behind the Tar Sands Stampede

Carl Pope | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

So tar sands are not only a source of enough carbon to increase global climate by a huge amount -- they are also the key to keeping diesel prices low enough to enable the world to fry itself by shipping long distance coal where it can be burned profitably, if lethally -- for the climate.

Forget Logic, It's Just Climate Schizophrenia

Kelly Rigg | Posted 04.21.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Countless leaders recognize the threat of climate change and call for action to reverse it, yet continue to implement policies which do the opposite.

24 Hours to Stop the Pipeline - Be the Solution

Robert Redford | Posted 04.14.2012 | Green
Robert Redford

This dirty, dangerous tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest. It's that simple. And the United States Senate, officials of both parties, need to hear that message loud and clear and fast.

The Plot Thickens: Far-Right Group Joins Chorus for Keystone XL

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Rose Marie Berger

Why is the JBS interested in this climate-killing pipeline? Because the fight happening in Congress over the Keystone XL has taken a turn. It is no longer about the tipping point of climate change or jobs, energy security or the Ogallala Aquifer.

Why the Keystone XL Rejection Won't Stop Tar Sands Development

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.20.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The Obama administration's decision Wednesday to reject a pipeline that would have carried crude from Canada's tar sands deposits to Texas oil refineries isn't likely to end investment in the carbon-rich fuel, industry analysts say.

Unaccountable Oil: Enbridge Pipeline and "Ethical Oil" PR Pollution

James Hoggan | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
James Hoggan

Is this the kind of transparency that would give you confidence in how Enbridge might account for itself in the wake of an out-of-sight oil spill?

Canada Is Making the Wrong Decision on Tar Sands Oil

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.18.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The Canadian government and its vested oil interests should have realized that in a year that produced the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements, business as usual is no longer good enough.

Big Oil Bullies and a Test of Wills

Michael Brune | Posted 03.17.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Any Keystone XL permit issued now would be a blank check written to an oil company with a proven record of disregarding the rights of the American farmers and ranchers whose land the pipeline would cross and threaten.

TransCanada Exec Says Asian Markets An Option

AP | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — If the U.S. government doesn't approve plans for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, Canadian oil pro...

Canadian Natives Warn Against Pipeline To Pacific

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green

(Fixes spelling of Kitamaat in dateline and conforms throughout) * Haisla chiefs fear spill, oppose project * Hearing p...

The Key to Keystone

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Jared Bernstein

As long as this stuff a) exists in known deposits, b) is in demand, c) can be profitably extracted, and d) is not viewed as a global hazard for which there are safe, economic alternatives, then extracted it will be.

Nation Energy Investments Sell Us Short

Jigar Shah | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Jigar Shah

Entrepreneurs are equipped to grow the business models to deploy solutions to our global energy needs. Nations like the U.S. and Canada are inept investors and entrepreneurs. But they do set the tone and attitude of their nation.

GOP Leadership Holds Tax Relief for American Families Hostage to Keystone Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.17.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring the president to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical.

What Keystone's Supporters Get Wrong

Paul Tullis | Posted 01.12.2012 | Green
Paul Tullis

Since policy decisions need to be based on facts and not rhetoric to be successful, let's go through these one by one.

Victory in Keystone XL Pipeline Fight: Obama Administration Calls for New Review and a Year Delay

Frances Beinecke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

I know that revisiting the flawed review process will result in the right answer: America does not need to deepen our oil addiction with this tar sands pipeline.

Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at the White House: A Huge Success and a Historic Turning Point

John Adams | Posted 01.07.2012 | Green
John Adams

I spent Sunday standing with as many as 15,000 people in an enormous circle around the White House. All of us came to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil.

Why Ethical Oil's Deceptive 'Women's Rights' Defense of Tar Sands Is Insulting and Wrong

Emma Pullman | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Emma Pullman

Instead of pretending that expanding the tar sands will somehow help women in Saudi Arabia, let's talk about how we can help Canadian women impacted right here at home by tar sands expansion.

Climate Disruption: Drought and Dead Trees

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

History is rich with lessons, but will political hubris take heed of past civilizations annihilated by drought? The Akkadian, Moche, Tiwanaku, Mayan, and Anasazi to name but a few are well documented in our history books.

Lucia Graves

Groups Sue To Block Construction Of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups filed suit against the Obama administration on Wednesday, alleging that U.S. federal officials illegally allowed wo...

WATCH: Kyra Sedgwick Joins List Of Pipeline Opponents

Posted 12.03.2011 | Green

Add Kyra Sedgwick to the list of celebrity activists who believe the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea. In this video from the Natural Re...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Former Keystone Pipeline Inspector Says Construction Shortcuts Are Tied To Leaks | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

Michael Klink, a 59-year-old civil engineer from Auburn, In., says he reported a litany of problems when he was working as a construction inspector at...

Keystone Pipeline -- Weighing Facts Versus Fiction

Mark H. Ayers | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Mark H. Ayers

Like the vast majority of Americans, the skilled craft professionals who comprise America's Building Trades Unions enjoy and value our nation's envir...

Keystone Pipeline, Tar Sands Oil, and Climate Change Are Not in Our National Interest

Peter Lehner | Posted 11.01.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

If we say that the Keystone XL pipeline is in our national interest, than we are saying fossil fuel addiction is in our national interest. We are saying that climate change is in our national interest. We know neither is true.

Internal Combustion

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.01.2011 | Green
Robert Koehler

Cars aren't merely symbols of power, but power itself, indispensable for countless purposes both life-affirming and pointless.

Small Quakes, Big Impacts

Carl Pope | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

By the standards of the Arab Spring, the civil disobedience at the White House this week over the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was statistically tiny. But I hope the Keystone protest will attract serious attention in the Obama White House.