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President Obama's Final Climate Test: Keep It in the Ground

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.12.2016 | Green
Jamie Henn

Now, as the President gives his final State of the Union and prepares for his last year in office, the question remains: which path will he take? Will he continue to act in the way he did on Keystone XL, standing up to Big Oil and turning down projects that endanger the climate and our communities? Or will the President backslide to the Obama we saw in Cushing and continue to promote fossil fuel development, leaving a legacy full of contradictions and half-measures?

The Corporation Behind Keystone XL Just Laid Bare the TPP's Threats to Our Climate

Ben Beachy | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

TransCanada, the notorious fossil fuel corporation behind the ill-fated Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, just made abundantly clear the threats that the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would pose to our communities, our climate, and our clean air and water, if approved.

TransCanada's Pathetic Keystone XL Lawsuit Could Galvanize Resistance to New Trade Agreements

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green
Jamie Henn

Talk about sore losers. The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada announced this afternoon that it is suing Obama Administration over its decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit won't do anything to help get the pipeline built, it's too late for that.

Government Promises, COP21 and People's Power

Tara Houska | Posted 12.30.2015 | Green
Tara Houska

Ask any tribe in North America what they think about promises from a governmental body. Then take a look at the recent climate change agreement coming out of Paris, France. Perhaps this time will be different.

Fade Away

Michael Brune | Posted 12.21.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

F3or the transition to clean energy to happen fast enough to save our climate, we must keep the pressure on the dirtiest, most polluting energy sources like tar sands.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion ...

A Historic Climate Win, Keystone XL's Unfinished Business And Obama's Shaky Climate Legacy

Tom Weis | Posted 12.04.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

Knowing few would hold him accountable during the heated presidential race with Mitt Romney, Obama used the campaign as political cover to deliver Keystone South to TransCanada.

In the Ground

Michael Brune | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

I'll be honest. There were times when I wasn't confident that President Obama would reject Keystone XL. This was, after all, a president who bragged about the surge in domestic oil and gas development under his watch.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

How An Unlikely Coalition Of Environmental Activists Stopped Keystone XL

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Anthony Swift

After years of contentious debate, Keystone XL has been rejected once and for all. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how a small group of unlikely allies turned what everyone expected to be a routine governmental approval process into one of the most heated environmental battles in US history -- and prevailed.

2 Billion Reasons Tar Sands Won't Move By Rail After Keystone XL's Rejection

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Anthony Swift

Rail is too expensive and logistically challenging to take the place of pipelines and support expanded tar sands production. Tar sands oil is some of the most expensive in the world to produce - and shipping crude by rail to the Gulf costs twice as much as by pipeline.

The People Rejected Keystone XL

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

There was a sense of quiet determination amongst the participants, a feeling that addressing the climate crisis required something more than just emails and petition signatures: it was going to take putting our bodies on the line.

Justin Trudeau Supports Keystone XL, But Climate Activists Aren't Worried

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

Environmental activists are sounding optimistic that Canada's new prime minister-designate will usher in a new era of climate policy an...

"I'm Living in a Sacrifice Zone": Women Speak Out for Climate Justice

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Women around the globe need to be made aware of all the narratives. The reason is simple. We are all interconnected. Women must recognize their commonalities as they search for solutions. Every story is valid. They all need to be heard -- individually and in unison.

'Green News Report' - October 1, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Jeb Bush calls for more oil and more gas in America's future!; Premier ...

Shell Shocker?

Michael Brune | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Nothing brightens a Monday morning like this kind of news: "Shell pulls the plug on Arctic exploration." With a single headline, the fight to protect the Arctic from a major offshore oil spill has reached the best kind of ending.

Taming the Elephant on Wall Street

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dave Pruett

We're witnessing, I'm fairly certain, market chaos associated with the end of the era of fossil fuels.

Environmental Activists Arrested Outside John Kerry's House

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty activists protesting an international pipeline expansion project were arrested outside Secretary of State John Kerry’s res...

Hillary Clinton's Keystone Crisis

Jamie Henn | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

"I am not going to second guess [President Barack Obama] because I was in a position to set this in motion," Clinton said. "I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide." She then followed up with what might be one of the worst rejoinders ever delivered from the campaign trail.

TransCanada's Self-Inflicted, Possibly Fatal Keystone XL Blunder

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Even for those who support the KXL pipeline, would anybody be willing to stand behind a high-risk, badly built one? Let alone one designed to shuttle dirty tar sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries and export terminals, which would raise gas prices at home.

Markets Are About to Deal With Climate -- Get Ready for Ugly

Carl Pope | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Advocates of "market-based" climate solutions paint pastel pictures reflecting smoothly adjusting macro-economic models. But commodity markets for oil and gas don't work that way. Schumpeter's destructive engine of capitalism is about to show its ugly side.

Why We Must Remember The Kalamazoo Oil Spill

Michael Brune | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

When we know that we can build an economy based on clean energy, why would we choose to continue to expand our use of the dirtiest and most dangerous fuels?

Interview With Jill Stein - Green Party Candidate for President

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

As the noise from the rhetoric of an ever-growing field of presidential candidates reaches an ear-splitting din, there is an announced candidate outside the two-party system that deserves to be heard.

Greenwash: Shell May Remove 'Oil' From Name as it Moves to Tap Arctic, Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Shell Oil has announced it may take a page out of the BP "Beyond Petroleum" greenwashing book, rebranding itself as something other than an oil company for its United States-based unit. "Oil" could at some point in the near future be removed from the name.

Bombs in Our Backyards

Michael Brune | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

If we keep shipping dangerous oil by train under unsafe conditions, it's only a matter of time before there is another tragedy. The Department of Transportation estimated that we could see a disaster like the one at Lac-Mégantic every two years. What's more, it could happen almost anywhere.