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Alberta Tar Sands

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.

Sending a Message to Obama: Pipeline for Tar Sands Oil Is Not in America's Interest

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Carrying this dirty fuel across six states and the Ogallala Aquifer, the source for water for the American Heartland, is inviting disaster.

Mr. Obama: XL + Tar Sands = Bad Political Equation

Keith Harrington | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

Why must we go to such dramatic lengths to stop Obama from making the most destructive decision for the climate that any president could ever make? The answer is bad political calculus.

Lucia Graves

Arrests Mount As Climate Activists Push Obama On Keystone XL Oil Pipeline | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Waving signs and chanting "Yes we can," scores of protesters were arrested outside the White House Monday as they called on the Obama ad...

Interview: James Hansen on the Tar Sands Pipeline Protest, the Obama Administration and Intergenerational Justice

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.21.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

"What we are doing to the future of our children, and the other species on the planet, is a clear moral issue. As Albert Einstein said, "thought without action is a crime." Choosing silence and safety is not an option."

PHOTOS: Canadian Tar Sands And The True Cost Of Oil

Posted 10.20.2011 | Green

From Garth Lenz: Ten years ago, my wife and I sat huddled together, watching in horror the images from New York. We had just learned that my wife w...

American Petroleum Institute Debates Top Activist Over Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline As Thousands Protest Project in DC (Video)

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
Democracy Now!

Thousands of environmental activists from across the continent plan to gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to launch a two-week protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Why The Buddha Touched The Earth

John Stanley | Posted 10.14.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

New types of bodhisattvas -- "ecosattvas" -- are needed, who combine the practice of self-transformation with devotion to social and ecological transformation.

New Pipeline to Challenge Obama's Promises

Bill McKibben | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

It took some serious digging in my sock drawer, but I just found my 'Environmentalists for Obama' button left over from the '08 campaign. I need it because I'm headed to Washington to get arrested in front of the White House.

Birds and Tar Sands Oil Don't Mix

Wendy Gordon | Posted 09.26.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

A current action is about protecting one of the world's most important nesting grounds for migratory birds -- the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada. The Delta is downstream from the world's largest industrial project -- Alberta's tar sands oil mines.

Wake-Up Call From Yellowstone: Keystone XL Must Be Shelved

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.12.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Big Oil wants to build a pipeline to send the dirtiest crude oil on the planet from the Boreal forests of Canada right through the heart of America, crossing the Yellowstone, the Missouri, the Platte and other treasured rivers on its way to Texas refineries.

China Eyes Canada's Oil Sands

AP | By ROB GILLIES | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green

CALGARY, Alberta -- In the northern reaches of Alberta lies a vast reserve of oil that the U.S. views as a pillar of its future energy needs. China, ...

Stay Calm and Carry On

Bill McKibben | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

It's smarter to repeat to yourself the mantra that no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change. Just be careful to make sure you don't let yourself wonder why all these record-breaking events are happening in such proximity.

Lucia Graves

House Republicans Mock Claim Koch Brothers Could Benefit From Oil Pipeline | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- At a hearing on the approval of the Keystone XL, a controversial oil pipeline that would expand Canada's oil sand imports to refineries ...

Six Months Past the Kalamazoo River Spill: Failing Pipelines and the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Remembrance of the Kalamazoo River spill is a good place to start our re-evaluation of infrastructure policies and begin the task of genuine renewal.

Green News Report: December 9, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Crunch ti...

PHOTOS: Pristine Wilderness Threatened By Oil Pipeline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From the iLCP: The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) was invited by the Gitga'at Nation, one of Canada's First Nations, to co...

Can the Canadian Economy Afford the Tar Sands?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

At triple-digit prices, the tar sands will produce three to four million barrels per day. In turn, the tandem of soaring oil prices and soaring oil production will propel the Canadian dollar to heights it's never seen.

A Night in New York

Gloria Reuben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gloria Reuben

Within the last couple of weeks in New York City we've had a tornado that ripped through parts of New York and Brooklyn; sudden, intense storms that eerily turned 23rd street into a river; and now hail.

James Cameron Goes to the Tar Sands

Rebecca Tarbotton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Tarbotton

This week, James Cameron added his voice to the chorus of voices pushing to stop the destruction caused by tar sands development. It is critical that we in the US, the largest consumer of this dirty oil, do the same.

WATCH James Cameron On Canada Oil Sands: 'Time To Put The Brakes On It'

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In this clip, James Cameron, director of "Avatar," speaks to MSNBC via Skype about his thoughts on his trip to get a first-hand glimpse of the controv...

Toxic Ballet

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Senator Graham, after visiting the tar sand pits in Alberta, Canada, hailed the toxic mines, the source of the world's dirtiest fuel, as "an industrial ballet," adding that the project "really blends with the natural habitat." Huh?

Oil Sands: Canada's Infamous Dirty Energy Extraction Coming To U.S.

The Huffington Post | Travis Donovan | Posted 06.27.2011 | Green

The extraction of oil from the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta, Canada has been a source of immense controversy as production continues to expand. The...

Michigan Oil Spill and World's Dirtiest Oil: Why Lie?

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Our region is the epicenter of refining for what has been called "the world's dirtiest oil." And you get a glimpse at how ugly the stuff is from the pipeline mess in Michigan.

Enough Already With The Oil Spills!

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

This isn't about politics -- it's about people, livelihoods and quality of life here in the U.S. Let's wean ourselves of fossil fuels and put America on a competitive path to the future.