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Kate Sheppard

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Keystone Veto

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate tried, but failed, to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday...

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...

TransCanada To Seek U.S. Approval For Another Pipeline

AP | By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline will seek U.S. government approval for another pipeline ...

We Hold These Truths to Be Inconvenient

Dave Helfert | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The Congressional Republicans' willingness to turn their backs on the "sanctity" of private property rights demonstrates a lack of genuine belief in anything beyond "feed the kitty." You'd think Democrats would be on this like a chicken on a June bug.

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.

Kate Sheppard

Nebraska Judge Halts Eminent Domain For Keystone Pipeline Route

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green

A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary injunction barring TransCanada from using eminent domain to force landowners to sell rights allowing the propo...

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.

Kate Sheppard

EPA Comments Challenge State Department Conclusions On Keystone's Climate Impacts

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued comments on the State Department’s environmental analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline, stat...

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.

Native Americans and Supporters Fight Keystone XL Pipeline With Spirit Camp

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

"This isn't just Indians, it's the whole planet. We're all connected. What we're made of here goes clear to the end of this universe," Fielder says.

Kate Sheppard

TransCanada Uses Eminent Domain To Finish Nebraska Land Acquisition

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

TransCanada, the company seeking to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, said Tuesday it has filed papers in Nebraska seeking to acquire the ...

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.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Advances Bill To Approve Keystone Pipeline Despite Obama's Veto Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate advanced legislation Monday night to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, even though President Barack Obama has already said he...

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...

Kate Sheppard

House Approves Keystone XL Bill Again, Setting Up Showdown With White House

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House voted Friday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate vote next week and a face-off with the White ...

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...

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.

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...

Kate Sheppard

Here's What Big Oil Has In The Pipes If Keystone Fails

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world's largest public relations firm...

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 ...

Why the Timing Isn't Right for TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Energy East's timing is off on two fronts. First, U.S. oil production is now more than enough to supply eastern Canadian refineries. Second, lower global oil prices indicate that refineries in the rest of the world aren't exactly scrambling to secure expensive Alberta bitumen either.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock o...