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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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Posted January 14, 2016 by Joshua Axelrod

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Last week, NRDC and a coalition of environmental organizations submitted formal comments to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA), the regulator of America's oil pipeline network, highlighting PHMSA's continued failure to address critical known safety gaps that have remained...continued

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Posted December 12, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The international community welcomed a new Canada at the Paris climate negotiations, one which played an energetic and constructive role in reaching a historic agreement to limit the carbon pollution that is driving global climate change. In stark contrast...continued

Why Keystone XL Really Did Matter to the Tar Sands Industry

Posted November 9, 2015 by Joshua Axelrod

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When President Barack Obama took to the podium on November 6, 2015 and wasted no time in saying "the State Department has decided that a Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States," a seven...continued

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Posted November 3, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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In a strategy to avoid an expected federal rejection of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is urging the State Department to delay its decision until after the pipeline company has clarified its route in Nebraska. This desperate move...continued

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Posted October 5, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Tar sands pipeline companies push cockamamie schemes while arctic melts

Posted September 2, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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All is not quiet in the northern woods of Minnesota. At the border with Canada, Enbridge has constructed a brand new pipeline, called Line 3, that runs just 16 miles. It is a very short pipeline but it's long enough...continued

Time to Say No: Comment period ends for ill-advised Tesoro Mega Crude Oil Export Terminal in Washington

Posted August 5, 2015 by Joshua Axelrod

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Along the banks of the Columbia River, in Vancouver, Washington, a partnership between Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies is proposing to build North America's largest crude-by-rail handling facility. Designed to handle up to 360,000 barrels of crude oil every day...continued

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Posted July 23, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Lifting the long-standing ban of crude oil exports will expand the industrial oil patch in America's backyard, bringing with it a host of impacts to our waters, communities, ranches and farms, as international markets incentivize producers to expand fracking...continued

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Posted July 17, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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Following a week of negotiations, Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's aspirations. The negotiations surrounding the Canadian Energy Strategy - which was originally pitched by Alberta's premier...continued

Teck Mine Delay and Industry's 2015 Forecast Cool Tar Sands Expansion Forecasts Further

Posted July 8, 2015 by Joshua Axelrod

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This week, the largest proposed tar sands project on the horizon--Teck Resources' Frontier Mine--was delayed by at least five years, with production pegged to begin in 2026 instead of 2021. According to the company, the $20.6 billion, 260,000 barrel per...continued

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