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

Steve Horn | Posted 09.01.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

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

Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

Steve Horn | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge's 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL "clone," is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

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

Keystone Politics

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Early in the 2012 election cycle, the American Petroleum Institute warned that opposition to Keystone XL would bear huge political consequences. Pro-Keystone candidates and their supporters spent $11 million on campaign ads in 18 races. They lost all of them. Every senator who cast a vote against Keystone XL was reelected.

Keystone XL Opponents Carve Anti-Pipeline Message Into Field

AP | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resi...

Rejecting Keystone XL is Good Politics As Well As Good Policy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Gene Karpinski

Despite all the bluster and spin you're hearing from the fossil fuel industry, Keystone XL likely won't be the determining factor in a single congressional race this year.

Key Actions to Deliver on Secretary Kerry's New Climate Policy Directive

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Secretary Kerry has just issued his first "Policy Directive" as U.S. secretary of state. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an "all hands on deck" approach to this issue.

It's Not About the Pipe

Michael Brune | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In this first-ever national debate over a pipeline, the arguments are getting heated. So maybe it's a good time to take a couple of steps back to remind ourselves why we care. Just why is this pipeline such a big deal? That question has several answers, but they start with this: It's not about the pipe. It's about what the pipe would carry.

Hundreds of Students Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone XL

Jamie Henn | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

I just came back from the White House, where the police are still arresting the hundreds of students who are taking part in what will likely be the largest act of youth civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.

Youth Plan Major White House Protest Against Keystone XL this Weekend

Jamie Henn | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

Young people powered President Obama to the White House. Now, they're protesting him outside of it.

Keystone XL: Set to Reject

Michael Brune | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Although he has struggled with the paradox of reducing carbon pollution while promoting a dirty "all of the above" energy policy, Obama already has more than enough evidence to reject this pipeline based solely on its effect on climate disruption. But even though this debate has centered on climate, that is only part of what's at stake.

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.

Arkansas Oil Spill: "I Just Feel So Helpless"

Maya Lemon | Posted 04.11.2013 | Green
Maya Lemon

A thunderstorm is supposed to hit Mayflower with up to 1.7 inches of rain. The lakes and streams will flood and the land will be washed over, not with life giving spring rain but with tar sands oil. I am scared for my friends and for a place that for four years was my home.

Rep. Lynch Backpedaling on His Support for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Jamie Henn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jamie Henn

Lynch is running against Rep. Ed Markey in the Democratic primary for John Kerry's old Senate seat in Massachusetts. With no serious Republican candidate in the race, the primary will likely determine the election.

Top Three International Climate Actions We Urge of Secretary Kerry

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Today, 60 leading environmental, conservation, development and faith-based organizations urged Secretary Kerry to emphasize the severity of the threat of climate change and spur bold and immediate action.