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Feature: Dirty Fuels

Looking for Energy in All the Wrong Places

With cheap oil becoming a luxury of the past, America and the world are working to build a clean energy future that will heal the economy and help fight global warming. But not everyone is willing to let go of the past: They're trying to develop even dirtier sources of transportation fuel -- derived from oil shale, tar sands and liquid coal -- at an even greater cost to our health and the environment.

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State of the Union lays the groundwork for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rejection

Posted January 21, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to addressing climate change and laid the groundwork for the rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The President urged Congress to set its sights...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

The failure to investigate tailings ponds sends the wrong signals on NAFTA environmental oversight

Posted January 16, 2015 by Jennifer Skene

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News reports indicate that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the environmental review body established under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), may soon announce a decision on whether to investigate NRDC and Environmental Defense Canada allegations that Canada...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

Keystone XL's Substantial Importance

Posted January 15, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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As the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative has appeared in stories by the New York Times and the Washington Post that suggest the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has...continued

Keystone XL looking more unlikely than ever, despite House vote to approve this dirty energy project

Posted January 9, 2015 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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With the House of Representatives passing a bill that would force approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the stage is set for President Obama to veto such a bill and then reject this dirty energy project as...continued

Sweeping statements by Speaker Boehner about Keystone XL can't withstand scrutiny

Posted January 8, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Responding to President Obama's declared intention to veto a bill that would force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, House Speaker John Boehner in a press release made numerous claims that can't stand up to scrutiny. Annotating...continued

Reality Bites: Chevron indefinitely shelves its deep water offshore Arctic oil project

Posted December 22, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

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Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project Chevron recently announced that it would indefinitely put on hold plans to pursue regulatory approval of deep water drilling for oil in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. The move is...continued

Divest Now: Time for Universities to Stand Up to Fossil Fuel Interests

Posted December 3, 2014 by Peter Lehner

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A group of Harvard students recently filed suit against the college’s president, fellows, and others, for “mismanagement of charitable funds.” The suit asks the court to compel the university — which boasts a $36 billion endowment, the largest of any...continued

Ready for Prime Time? Arctic Resource Developers Slow Their Push as Regulators Begin to Ask Tough Questions

Posted November 21, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

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Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project One hundred and seventy-five kilometers north of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, an ExxonMobil subsidiary—Canada’s Imperial Oil—is spearheading the oil industry’s latest effort to explore deep water...continued

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