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Harvard Law Professors and Scholars: State Governors Have No Legal Authority to Block Refugees

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation's states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

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.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month What's Good for Business and Society: Hiring People With Disabilities

Judith E. Heumann | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Judith E. Heumann

This October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), commemorated annually to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Jim Luce | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.

in Attitude Is Essential to driving Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Lilian O. Ajayi | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Lilian O. Ajayi

This generational change in attitude is critical to meeting the global development agenda post 2015, and it extends beyond the compounds of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations - as more youth in different parts of the world continue to play a critical role in challenging the status quo.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton State Department Emails, Mexico Energy Reform and the Revolving Door

Steve Horn | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails released on July 31 by the U.S. State Department reveal more about the origins of energy reform efforts in Mexico. The State Department released them as part of the once-a-month rolling release schedule for emails generated by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

The Trump Phenomenon and U.S. Political Culture

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Appeals Court Rules Keystone XL South Approval Was Legal, Lifting Cloud Over TransCanada

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In a 3-0 vote, the U.S. Appeals Court for the Tenth Circuit has ruled that the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was permitted in a lawful manner by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

Introducing 'Natural Gas Exports: Washington's Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat'

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Many former Obama administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Tar Sands Trade: Kuwait Buys Stake in Alberta As It Opens Own Heavy Oil Spigot

Steve Horn | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogChevron made waves in the business world when it announced its October 6 sale of 30-percent of its holdings in the Alberta...

20 Years After the International Conference on Population and Development

Pat Waak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Denver
Pat Waak

This week the U.N. Foundation and the U.S. Department of State brought together many of the U.S. delegates to this important conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day -- in the form of an age-old "Friday News Dump" -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Do You Have Captive Value?

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 09.02.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

I just recently wrapped teaching my annual Women's Leadership course at the Hult International Business School here in San Francisco. By design, the ...

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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...

The Global Five: Key Corporate Diplomacy Trends for 2014/2015

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

The state of the American brand is abysmal, the U.S. Government is broadly seen as passive, reactive and ineffectual, and the private sector has been so preoccupied with the compounding economic crises that collective, strategic corporate diplomacy and global engagement efforts seem to have stagnated or fallen off completely.

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...

Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDuring his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S....

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

Random Acts of Kindness

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.27.2014 | Good News
Fran Moreland Johns

One particularly gray day, the kind of day writers have when their brains fog over and their vocabularies vanish, I had an email from the irrepressibl...