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As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Senators Took Donations From Lobbyists Representing Pro-Keystone Alberta Government

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-powered Washington lobbying firm representing the government of Alberta, Canada, made $17,000 in donations to senators it was cou...

'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosiv...

Maine Town Effectively Bans Tar Sands Oil

AP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any a...

South Portland, Maine To Hold Final Vote On Tar Sands Ban

AP | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council is set for a final vote on a proposal to ban tar sands oil from coming into the souther...

New Report: Trade Talks Threaten to Undermine EU Climate Policy and Bring Tar Sands to Europe

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Today's report reveals that even the FQD -- an ambitious climate policy that the EU has been pushing for years -- could be critically weakened simply in the process of the secretive, non-inclusive negotiations.

'Green News Report' - July 10, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Anti-science nuttery alive and well in Kentucky; BP's oil still contami...

Oil Companies Gambling Billions of Dollars Ignoring Climate Change Realities

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Kevin Grandia

You don't need to look much further than the years of delays on the Keystone XL pipeline to see that governments are starting to second-guess these big cash layouts on climate risky projects.

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Steve Horn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

Tar Sands on the Tracks: Railbit, Dilbit and U.S. Export Terminals

Ben Jervey | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Ben Jervey

While shale oil, predominantly from the Bakken, has driven the overall spike in North American crude-by-rail over the past few years, Canadian tar-sands producers are increasingly turning their attention to rail.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...

Photographer Captures Tar Sands 'Destruction' From Above

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green

Photographer and pilot Alex MacLean wanted to learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved will carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of M...

Current Emergency Regulations a Recipe for Disaster

Riki Ott | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Riki Ott

Regulating by emergency orders gives the distinct impression that the government is wholly unprepared to deal with safe handling of ultra-hazardous oils. Maybe it's time to take a good look at what we are doing and where we are heading before creating an energy future that may be slowing national productivity, not building it.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Pipeline Is A 'Relic Of Bush Energy Policy,' Finds New Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new e-book looks at the historical context for the Keystone XL decision and argues that there is a clear-cut case for why President Ba...

ForestEthics and Sierra Club Urge PepsiCo to Stop Using Tar Sands Fuel

Michael Marx | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Michael Marx

We will continue to send the message to America's biggest companies that tar sands is toxic for our communities and our environment -- and therefore toxic for their brands. We will keep up the pressure until demand for tar sands fuel is squashed, and Alberta's bitumen is kept safely in the ground.

For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL's southern leg, now reb...

U.S. Senate Shouldn't Circumvent the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Process

Robert Redford | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Robert Redford

On Friday we learned that a lot of Republican U.S. senators and a smattering of Democrats are once again trying to make an end run around a legitimate process to assess the impacts of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Kate Sheppard

From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his re...

How The Sierra Club Is Making It Easier For Corporate Fleets To Go Tar-Sands-Free

Michael Marx | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Michael Marx

Already, 19 companies, including Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Columbia Sportswear have committed to take action on tar sands fuel for their vehicle fleet and shipping operations. Other companies interested in taking action on tar sands have expressed confusion over the chain of custody for petroleum.

TransCanada Charitable Fund Launches Keystone XL "Good Neighbor" Charm Offensive

Steve Horn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relat...

Mayflower: First, ExxonMobil Tar Sands Pipeline Spill; Now, Deadly Tornado Destroys Arkansas Town

Steve Horn | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, sending hundreds of...

Reject = Protect

Michael Brune | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

On the day that President Obama finally rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, the connection between tar sands development and climate disruption should be only one of the reasons (although it's certainly reason enough). For someone like Obama, whose first real job was as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago, the effect of the pipeline and its toxic payload on the people and communities in its path will surely also be a factor.

'Cowboys And Indians' Stake Out The National Mall To Protest Keystone XL

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– Farmers, ranchers and indigenous leaders who live along the Keystone XL pipeline route are holding an encampment on the National Mall ...