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Liz Barratt-Brown, NRDC alum, Washington, DC

Liz Barratt-Brown

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EPA Keystone XL pipeline comments step-by-step

Posted February 3, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Today EPA cleared the way for the president to reject the massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, re-iterating State Department's findings in their final environmental review that tar sands oil is dirtier than conventional crude and that due to variability...continued

What to expect on Keystone XL now that the Senate has voted

Posted January 30, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Now that Congress has voted to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, attention will focus on President Obama who has promised to veto this legislation but whose administration is also actively engaged in the permitting process. Once the president...continued

As the Senate votes to interfere with the Administration's review, EPA set to comment on KXL pipeline's impact

Posted January 29, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the national interest. It's not. But no doubt Senator John Hoeven (ND) will again be waiving...continued

Let's remember Ground Zero in the Keystone XL pipeline debate

Posted January 21, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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So much attention is being paid to the pipeline itself that it would almost be easy to forget that the pipeline is attached to the most egregious form of oil extraction on the planet. Tar sands extraction is occurring in...continued

It's not just Keystone XL - citizen protests are slowing other major tar sands pipelines too

Posted January 16, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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There is a common misunderstanding that Keystone XL is a "symbolic" fight and that its rejection will not make a significant dent in climate emissions because the tar sands will be extracted anyway. What this argument misses is that the...continued

PolitiFact and FactChecker need to update their facts on Keystone XL

Posted January 13, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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PolitiFact and the Washington Post's FactChecker have been busy dissecting various statements being made by opponents and proponents of the giant dirty oil pipeline, Keystone XL. In the last two months, they have jointly issued a dozen opinions in this...continued

Satellite images show tar sands extraction obliterating Boreal forest right before our eyes

Posted July 15, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Today, the Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest.  These maps make very...continued

State Department lit up this evening with NoKXL comments

Posted March 14, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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This evening, during rush hour traffic, Agit-pop and others gathered to showcase select comments on the front of the State Department building in downtown Washington D.C.. The comments were selected from over 2 million submitted last week in oppostion to...continued

At Mexican summit, President ties the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to climate concerns

Posted February 20, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Yesterday, the president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”.   But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s...continued

Mr. President, will you be our Valentine and say no to Keystone XL?

Posted February 12, 2014 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Last week, over 100 people gathered in a pub in Wisconsin to make valentine cards for the President and Secretary Kerry.  Amidst the doilies and glitter glue were messages like “Please don’t break our hearts. Stop KXL, please.”  To...continued

It's time the State Department sees what everyone else can see - plumes and plumes of carbon pollution from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 19, 2013 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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The massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, under review by the State Department, would be one of the largest pipelines in the country, carrying nearly ten times the dirty crude that erupted from a failed pipeline in Arkansas earlier this...continued

Retired Brigadier General says Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would feed "dangerous addiction" and do nothing to lower gas prices

Posted April 27, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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In today’s Politico, the former chief logistician responsible for moving troops in Iraq, Retired Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson, in a piece entitled, "Keystone feeds dangerous addiction", calls on all politicians to make weaning ourselves off oil a top priority....continued

Growing concern that climate change is causing disastrous and expensive weather events underscores why we can't risk expanding tar sands oil extraction

Posted March 9, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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House in Trussville, Alabama destroyed by a recent tornado, February 2012, Photo Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) More Americans than ever believe that climate change is responsible for the strange weather they see around them.  A recent poll...continued

Canadian threat to send tar sands oil to Asia more bluff than ace in the hole

Posted March 6, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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When the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permit was rejected in January, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Calgary expressed “deep disappointment” in the decision and commented on the need for Canada to “diversify its energy exports ”.  This...continued

State Department Inspector General weighs in: Says make pipeline permit review more rigorous and free of appearance of conflict of interest

Posted February 9, 2012 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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       “The appearance of this . . . needs to be cleaner”           (unnamed State Department official in IG report) In a report sent to Congressional offices today, the State Department Inspector General found that the environmental review of the Keystone XL...continued

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