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Tar Sands

Beyond Keystone

Carl Pope | Posted 03.03.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Alberta tar sands oil and North Dakota light shale oil flows into the same markets, have access to the same refineries, and rely on the same pipelines and railroads to get them to the same customers. So it was never terribly plausible that Keystone would be good for the U.S. -- it was designed to make Canadian oil more competitive in global markets.

Stephen Harper's Petro-State Is Built on Tar Sands

Washington Spectator | Posted 03.02.2015 | Green
Washington Spectator

Over 90 percent of Canada's oil reserves are bitumen, the costly production of which nets only 4 percent to Canada's GDP. But oil represents 40 percent of the country's exports. So the urgency to develop and export the tar-sands oil has become a national priority.

'Green News Report' - February 26, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Siberia's melting permafrost: crater saga is scarier than anyone thought; Berkeley study directly IDs climate change culprit; Even earth scientists struggle to defeat global warming using interactive game.

KXL: The End Game Begins

Michael Brune | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Tar-sands supporters in Congress will find it hard to tune out the fossil-fuel interests that want to see Canada's oil sands mined to the utmost. After all, the biggest foreign lease holder in Canada's oil sands is none other than the Koch brothers. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now it's up to President Obama to do the right thing.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill, The Third Veto Of HIs Presidency

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama formally vetoed legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, the latest devel...

What About Keystone South?

Tom Weis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

We cannot let up until Keystone North is vanquished, but all signs continue to point to the president nixing TransCanada's cross-border permit. The latest flashing sign is a White House promise to veto a Keystone pipeline bill just passed by Congress.

A Bad Deal: TransCanada Can't Change the Facts About Keystone XL

Tom Steyer | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Steyer

As approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline appears to be resting on extremely thin ice, TransCanada on Wednesday announced they would be entering the oil-by-rail business to help further their tar sands investments.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Approves Keystone XL Bill; White House Reaffirms Veto Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to approve a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline over the presidential approva...

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

Jamie Henn | Posted 03.22.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 01.31.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | 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.