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Lucia Graves

Obama Lays Out Second-Term Climate Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday invoked his executive authority to undertake a slew of measures aimed at curbing climate change and pr...

'Green News Report' - June 18, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S...

Opposition Escalates Over Faulty Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 08.17.2013 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

Last month, it was reported that TransCanada was in damage control mode concerning flaws in the newly laid southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline after dozens of anomalies, including dents and welds, were identified along a 60-mile stretch north of the Sabine River in Texas.

From Spectacular to Unthinkable

Michael Brune | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Tar-sands mining is a terrible idea anywhere for all kinds of reasons, but the idea of doing it right next door to some of our greatest national parks, in one of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes of North America, is like slashing the Mona Lisa with a box cutter.

'Green News Report' - June 13, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

Breaking Oil's Monopoly: Easier Done than Said

Carl Pope | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

The simple arithmetic of oil reserves and markets places these options within our grasp - but only if we reach for them, ideally in partnership with other oil importers. OPEC and big oil companies want expensive oil; the rest of us ought to want affordable fuels.

Keystone XL: The Iconic Climate Battle

Michael Marx | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Michael Marx

If he opens the door to exploitation of the tar sands, he sends the signal to oil, coal and gas companies around the world that the one president who actually got climate change, didn't have the courage to stand up for what was right and protect the birthright of future generations--a healthy planet.

State Department Inspector General Probing Keystone XL Contractor's Conflicts of Interest

Gabe Elsner | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Gabe Elsner

In yet another investigation into the Obama Administration's activities, the State Department Inspector General is probing the conflicts of interest surrounding the contractor that performed the Keystone XL review.

The Keystone XL Shuffle

Tom Weis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Given that we just passed 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it is time for every big national environmental group to demand that President Obama extinguish this 485-mile carbon bomb fuse, before it's too late.

The Video President Obama Hopes You Won't Notice

Bill McKibben | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Bill McKibben

You need to see this: Former Obama administration green jobs advisor Van Jones just came out swinging against Keystone XL. Van doesn't just raise the stakes, he debunks the outright myths that are leading our nation down a road to disaster.

5 Reasons We DON'T Need More Oil Pipelines

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Maria Rodale

by Emily Main, online editor at Rodale News It's a topic that's nearly yawn-worthy, environmentalists spouting their rage at an oil company trying t...

Tar Sands Oil: You Can Stall It, But I Doubt You Can Stop It

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.27.2013 | Green
Jared Bernstein

Though what we should be arguing about is the cost/benefit ratio of extracting oil from tar sands, instead we're arguing about whether its delivery mechanism -- the pipeline -- is up to code. Once again, we're missing the endangered forest for the trees.

Keystone: What We Know

Bill McKibben | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Bill McKibben

Ever since the Keystone fight began, the smart money has insisted the pipeline will be approved. But so far: no pipe.

Re-Igniting America's Solar Impulse

Tom Weis | Posted 07.21.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are making history by flying across America in a 100 percent solar-powered plane that collects enough energy during the day to fly through the night on battery power alone.

The Overview Effect

Michael Brune | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Few of us will ever venture past the 60-mile boundary that separates Earth and outer space. If you do, though, you're likely to experience something known as "the overview effect" -- a cognitive shift in how you perceive our planet.

Tar Sands and Soda? Launching the Future Fleet Campaign

Michael Marx | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Michael Marx

The Sierra Club is joining and expanding this successful effort to convince even more companies to get on board and go even further to reduce their oil consumption altogether. To date, the climate movement has largely given large corporate oil consumers a free pass. Those days are over.

Faulkner County: ExxonMobil's "Sacrifice Zone" for Tar Sands Pipelines, Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Dozens of fracking waste injection-caused earthquakes have occurred in Faulkner County, with 12 small quakes in a five-day period back in October 2010, another ten quakes in a single day in November 2010 and a sizeable 4.7 magnitude quake shaking things up in February 2011.

Norway, Canada, the United States and the Tar Sands

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

If infrastructure, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, is built to transport tar sands, ways will be developed to extract more and more. When full accounting is done of emissions from tar sands oil, its use is equivalent to burning coal to power your automobile.

Digging Into TransCanada's Lobbying History

Steve Horn | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the multinational corporation hoping to build the controversial northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, spent over $280,000 on lobbying the U.S. government in the first quarter (Q1) of 2013, according to lobbying disclosure records.

Study: 30 Toxic Chemicals, Some Carcinogens, at High Levels at Exxon Arkansas Tar Sands Pipeline Spill Site

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Questions include what exactly caused the spill, how big was the spill exactly, and how long did it take for emergency responders to react to the spill, to name a few. But one thing is certain according to the new study: For the residents of Mayflower, quality of life has been changed forever.

Lynne Peeples

A Line In The Oil Sands: 'By Gosh, Isn't Our Health Worth More Than Any Damn OIl?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Raymond Ladouceur remembers when he could dip a cup into the Athabasca River for a drink. He remembers when the trout and muskrats were plentiful -- a...

Let Us Count the Many Ways Joe Nocera Is Wrong on Keystone XL

Daniel Kessler | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green
Daniel Kessler

The only way to do that is to drop Big Oil and petro states once and for all. And the only way to do that is to get serious about green energy which Nocera treats like a punch line. I wonder if they are laughing in Iowa now that they are getting 25 percent of their electricity from wind?

Earth Day vs. Tar Sands

Michael Brune | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

If you love the Earth, you need to know some things about tar sands crude -- starting with how it would affect the climate of this wonderful planet we all share. Actually, "affect" is probably the wrong word. We're talking wholesale destruction.

Earth Day 2013: Say No to KXL Tar Sands Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

It's not in our national interest. It's a profit scheme for big oil. It would feed our addiction to fossil fuels, accelerate climate change and put our heartland farmers, ranchers and communities at risk. It needs to be denied.

A River of Tar Sands Crude Floods an Arkansas Town

Rocky Kistner | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Rocky Kistner

What caused the disaster in Mayflower is under investigation, and it's unknown how long Exxon's Pegasus pipeline will be shut down. It's also unclear how long cleanup operations will take. Some locals fear the impacts will be long term.