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

Posted December 3, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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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

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted November 18, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Senate vote reaffirms a commitment to fight climate change. Taking leadership sometimes means saying “no”.  This bill would...continued

Debunking 8 discredited talking points pushed by Keystone XL proponents in Senate debate

Posted November 18, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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As the Senate debates the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, proponents of the Keystone XL tar pipeline are pushing discredited talking points. The move would skip over the essential executive permitting process of determining whether the project is in the...continued

Tar Sands Train to Ruin: How tar sands producer Southern Pacific Resources is going broke on shipping tar sands by rail

Posted October 28, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International In the summer of 2012, advocates of Keystone XL hailed Southern Pacific Resources’ announcement that it had signed a five-year contract to bypass pipeline bottlenecks and...continued

The tar sands train that couldn't

Posted October 21, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was co-written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   Update: October 23, 2014 News from Canexus today indicates that it is only getting worse for the Bruderheim terminal.  A major customer has terminated its contract. Now...continued

The World We Create: My New Book and a Message of Hope for the Planet

Posted October 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Solving Global Warming

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My work at NRDC has brought me to the front lines of the climate crisis. I have flown over the massive tar sands strip mines in the boreal forest. I have visited the homes of people coping with frack pads...continued

Citing pipeline constraints, Statoil postpones tar sands expansion project

Posted September 25, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Norwegian oil company Statoil has announced it is postponing the development of its 40,000 barrel per day (bpd) Corner in situ tar sands project for at least three years due to rising costs and a lack of pipeline space....continued

Green Jobs on the Rise: Will the Growth Continue?

Posted September 11, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, announced last week that it plans to open a $5 billion factory in Nevada. The giant facility—they’re calling it a “gigafactory”--will employ 6,500 people to manufacture batteries for Tesla’s much-anticipated low-cost Model 3 sedan. Tesla’s...continued

Fifteen Organizations Call on Mass. Governor Patrick to Keep Tar Sands out of Massachusetts

Posted September 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, fifteen organizations including NRDC sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, calling on him to take action to keep tar sands oil out of the Massachusetts fuel supply. Tar sands cause 17 percent more greenhouse gas emissions over...continued

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