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COP20: Rounding the Turn on the Road to Paris

Carl Pope | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A new and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress or is the marker of the reality that that world will not break the back of fossil-fuel dominance is going to be determined by how the world community reacts to five new realities.

Unsafe and Unnecessary Oil Trains Threaten 25 Million Americans

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Ralph Nader

Rather than choosing either of these destructive options, we are fortunate to be able to choose safe, affordable cleaner energy and more efficient energy products, such as vehicles and furnaces, instead. That is the future and it is not a distant future -- it's happening right now.

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.

State Department Keystone XL Contractor ERM Bribed Chinese Agency to Permit Project

Steve Horn | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

10 Advances for the Environment I'm Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Margie Alt | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

There's a lot to be thankful for -- from historic progress on climate to groundbreaking environmental laws that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Behind each of these accomplishments was grassroots activism, engaged citizens, and committed individuals who just didn't give up; and it's that kind of people power that I'm most grateful for this holiday season.

'Green News Report' - November 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: NY Gov. Cuomo blames meteorologists for his failure to prep for deadly ...

Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.

Tar Sands End Runs

Michael Brune | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 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.

'Green News Report' - November 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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...

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

5 Reasons the Senate Must Protect Our Communities from the Keystone XL Pipeline

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

This bill would bypass essential reviews, skip safety assessments, and fast track a dangerous project. This has sweeping implications for future generations. And yet it is entangled in the politics of the moment.

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 ...

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar-Sands Pipeline into the U.S.

Lou Dubose | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Lou Dubose

TransCanada's fight, and the Keystone XL pipeline, might be moot -- along with the campaign that brought together a broad coalition of environmental groups working to block the project and contain the import of tar-sands oil.

Blockadia on Trial: What the Jury Did Not Hear

Alec Johnson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Alec Johnson

On Earth Day, April 22, 2013, I disrupted construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and was arrested and charged with several offenses in Atoka County, Oklahoma. 18 months later I finally had my day in court before a jury of my peers.

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...

Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish

Skoll Foundation | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Fossil fuel companies -- much like your stubborn, elderly relative that refuses to change his eating habits despite the doctor's warnings of a heart attack -- have a choice to make. They can either begin to pivot out of high-cost, high-polluting projects to the clean energy sources that will fuel our future, or they can wait until it's too late.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Now Has Enough Votes To Pass Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The new Senate Republican majority creates an opportunity for likely Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to force a vote on the pr...

What the Midterms Mean for Keystone XL

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

When it comes to the pipeline, these midterms have been rather like Macbeth's dour take on life, "a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Breaking Big Oil's Grip

Michael Brune | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

Eat enough donuts and your health will suffer, regardless of how much you paid for them. Likewise, the more oil we consume, the worse the consequences will be for our climate, our environment, and our democracy. High prices simply add insult to the ongoing injury.

What Oil Price Got to Do, Got to Do With It? (10 Things to Remember About Oil Prices)

Carl Pope | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The collapse of soaring oil prices signaled the beginning of the 2008 Great Recession. This milder repeat performance is not so confusing if we look at the basics -- and remember that what counts about oil is not where it is produced, or exactly how much we need, but its price.

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...

EU Scraps Plan To Label Canada's Tar Sands As Highly Polluting

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green

By Barbara Lewis and Scott Haggett BRUSSELS/CALGARY, Oct 7 (Reuters) - A European Union plan to label Canadian tar sands oil as highly...

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.