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Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

The Downside of Oil Independence

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

For the last few years, energy independence seemed like a pretty good deal. What we're on the verge of discovering is that much of the production that makes it possible isn't viable in a world of falling oil prices.

1 Dead, 3 Injured In Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green

* Echo Platform was not in production at the time of incident * Fieldwood says offshore facility undamaged * At least o...

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Today was a good day for American leadership, showing that the big polluter agenda doesn't stand up.

State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

Steve Horn | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA controversial government contractor once again finds itself in hot water, or in this case...

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...

Keystone Vote: Three Years Late, and for the Wrong Reason

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Even with all the shouting between sides, we're still not discussing the real issue: The US has no comprehensive energy policy, and we stumble, under the terrible lack of leadership in Washington, from crisis to crisis with little effort to reduce our overall demand for heavy hydrocarbons such as crude and coal.

Canadian Government Still Committed To Keystone XL Pipeline

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2014 | Green

OTTAWA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Thursday the government remains committed to the Keystone XL pipeline project...

Why China's Slowdown Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Canada

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

If beaten-up Canadian investors are looking to assign blame for the bruising suffered by their portfolios of late, they could do worse than point an accusatory finger at China. The resource super-cycle that drove valuations so much higher over the last decade is now hobbling along at a snail's pace and China is a big part of the reason why.

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...

If a Tar-Sands Project Fails in the Forest...

Michael Brune | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

No rational reason exists for doing this to our planet -- unless you count greed. Sadly, some people do. But even if you are willing to destroy 50,000 square miles of boreal forest just to make a profit, there's no way to justify destroying our future in the process.

Why Oil Prices Are Dropping Despite Mideast Unrest

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Does today's disconnect between global oil markets and the chaos that's gripping the region signal an end to the era of triple digit oil prices? If so, what are the consequences for North America's oil industry?

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 ...

After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coa...

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

Steve Horn | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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.

Investor Call: Enbridge's Keystone XL Clone Opens in October, Rail Facility to Follow

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In a recent quarter two call for investors, Enbridge Inc executives said the company's "Keystone XL" clone -- the combination of the Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines -- will open for business by October.

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...

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

AP | Posted 09.20.2014 | 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...

'Green News Report' - July 10, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.24.2014 | 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.

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...