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With State of the Union, Obama Hints at Keystone XL Rejection

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

While the President didn't mention Keystone XL by name in his State of the Union, the speech only solidified the feeling that the pipeline is doomed.

The State of the Environment

Rhea Suh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

The fact is all of us depend on healthy natural systems for our prosperity, our progress, our very existence. The state of those systems is imperiled. We need our political leaders in Washington to help create a more promising future for our children, not put it at greater risk.

New York Times Repeats Keystone XL 'Little Impact on Climate' Falsehood

Brad Johnson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Brad Johnson

By any reasonable measure, the Keystone XL pipeline is a major piece of infrastructure for the Canadian tar-sands industry and a significant threat to a safe climate.

Portlandia: Tar Sands Fuel Exporter or Climate Champion?

Daphne Wysham | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Daphne Wysham

What does bike-riding, climate-championing, granola-crunching, weird and wacky Portland, Oregon, have in common with the bleak, smouldering, poisonous mines of Alberta's tar sands? Soon they might share in common an economic interest in exporting fossil fuels from the tar sands to Asian markets.

'Green News Report' - January 13, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Keystone XL pipeline clears Nebraska court hurdle, moves to US Senate; ...

Ground Zero for the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Rocky Kistner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Rocky Kistner

The dirty, low-quality crude coming out of the tar sands will affect the world with its carbon emissions. But we should keep in mind that its impact will hit in Alberta first--and hit hard.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Opponents Vow The Fight's Not Over In Nebraska

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Now that the Nebraska Supreme Court has reached a split decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides are girding for the next battle...

The Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Right Where We Want It

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.08.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

Before last November, Obama may have been concerned about the impact a rejection would have on moderate Democrats. Now, he has nothing to lose. The fight is a long way from over, but there are good reasons to feel confident.

Here's Why Keystone XL Is the Wrong Choice for Our Nation

Robert Redford | Posted 01.08.2015 | Green
Robert Redford

Polluters are fighting hard to get Keystone approved. The oil and gas industry pumped $53.1 million into last year's congressional campaigns--87 percent of which went to Republican candidates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raked in $608,000 from the industry for his 2014 campaign, and now he is putting Keystone XL at the heart of his big polluter agenda. But this isn't just a battle over industry influence. This is a choice about the kind of nation we want to live in. Do we want to live in a country where expert reviews don't matter and industry profits trump our families' health? Do we want to lock ourselves into a fuel that generates 17 percent more climate change pollution than crude oil and makes our children more vulnerable to extreme weather? Or do we want something better?

Kate Sheppard

Senate Democrats Plot To Impede GOP's Keystone Pipeline Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The newly-weakened Senate Democratic caucus is trying to muster all the opposition it can to the impending vote on the Keystone XL pip...

COP20: Rounding the Turn on the Road to Paris

Carl Pope | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A new and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress or is the marker of the reality that that world will not break the back of fossil-fuel dominance is going to be determined by how the world community reacts to five new realities.

Unsafe and Unnecessary Oil Trains Threaten 25 Million Americans

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Ralph Nader

Rather than choosing either of these destructive options, we are fortunate to be able to choose safe, affordable cleaner energy and more efficient energy products, such as vehicles and furnaces, instead. That is the future and it is not a distant future -- it's happening right now.

Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

State Department Keystone XL Contractor ERM Bribed Chinese Agency to Permit Project

Steve Horn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

ERM Group, the consultancy selected by TransCanada to conduct the environmental review for Keystone XL's northern leg on behalf of the U.S. State Department, once bribed a Chinese official to ram through major pieces of an industrial development project. ERM was tasked to push through the project in Hangzhou Bay, located near Shanghai.

10 Advances for the Environment I'm Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Margie Alt | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

There's a lot to be thankful for -- from historic progress on climate to groundbreaking environmental laws that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Behind each of these accomplishments was grassroots activism, engaged citizens, and committed individuals who just didn't give up; and it's that kind of people power that I'm most grateful for this holiday season.

'Green News Report' - November 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: NY Gov. Cuomo blames meteorologists for his failure to prep for deadly ...

Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.

Tar Sands End Runs

Michael Brune | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

There's no good reason to support Canadian tar sands expansion, much less allow more dirty tar sands oil into our country. Even though everything about tar sands oil is destructive, dirty, and dangerous, oil companies (and their champions on the Hill) are determined to bring as much of it as they can across our border, even if it means bending, breaking, or changing the rules.

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

'Green News Report' - November 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: US Senate floor fight fails to pass Keystone XL pipeline; Can Congress...

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

5 Reasons the Senate Must Protect Our Communities from the Keystone XL Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 01.17.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This bill would bypass essential reviews, skip safety assessments, and fast track a dangerous project. This has sweeping implications for future generations. And yet it is entangled in the politics of the moment.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

Steve Horn | Posted 01.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA controversial government contractor once again finds itself in hot water, or in this case...

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...