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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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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...

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

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

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

Canadian Law Makes It Cheaper to Prevent Oil Sands Leaks Than Clean Them Up

James Stafford | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
James Stafford

As the Canadian government pushes a new law rendering pipeline companies liable for all damages from leaks and spills, the only friend to both sides in this polarized world of dirty oil sands is leak prevention technology.

Are Harper's dreams of Canada as energy superpower going up in smoke?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Are Prime Minister Harper's dreams of Canada becoming an energy superpower going up in smoke? In the last decade, his Conservative government has done...

Photographer Captures Tar Sands 'Destruction' From Above

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green

Photographer and pilot Alex MacLean wanted to learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved will carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of M...

A Win for Environment Doesn't Need to Be a Loss for Energy Investors

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

In the world of energy investing right now, two visions of the future are on a collision course. In one corner, global energy demand will keep ticking along status quo for decades to come. In the other, the risks of climate change become too great for the international community to ignore.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone Pipeline Is A 'Relic Of Bush Energy Policy,' Finds New Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new e-book looks at the historical context for the Keystone XL decision and argues that there is a clear-cut case for why President Ba...

For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL's southern leg, now reb...

Explosive Virginia Train Carried Fracked Bakken Oil, Headed to Potential Export Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

What the industry and oil-soaked politicians are unlikely to discuss, though, is the Plains All American connection to Keystone XL. That connection comes in the form of Cushing, Oklahoma, home of another key Plains crude oil holding facility.

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...

Mayflower: First, ExxonMobil Tar Sands Pipeline Spill; Now, Deadly Tornado Destroys Arkansas Town

Steve Horn | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, sending hundreds of...

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Steve Horn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Canadian Aboriginals Fear Future Of Oil Sands Pipeline

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green

(Repeats from earlier April 21 with no changes to text) By Julie Gordon KITIMAT, British Columbia, April 21 (Reuters) - ...

Keystone XL Review Extended, Delaying Final Decision Until After 2014 Elections

Steve Horn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Reuters and Politico broke a major story today that TransCanada's northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be decided on until after the 2014 mid-term elections.

ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada's Keystone XL for Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed north...

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.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

Kate Sheppard

'I Don't Think We Have To Fear The Canadian Mounties Coming And Circling'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday to consider whether approval of Keystone XL, the proposed 1,660-mile pipe...

Gen. Jim Jones Didn't Disclose Industry Ties Before Testimony at Keystone XL Hearing

Steve Horn | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The irony of it all: Jones may have drawn more attention to his testimony by not disclosing his ties than he would have by being transparent about them up-front, as required by the House.