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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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Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Veto - Right Decision at the Right Time

Posted February 24, 2015 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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Today President Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The president has our heartfelt thanks for showing his leadership and making the right decision to veto this misguided bill. We don't need...continued

Unregulated oil by rail versus Keystone XL: A false choice

Posted February 18, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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A column of fire lighting the sky. Oil spilling into a nearby river. If the horrifying images of this weekend's West Virginia oil train fire and spill seem familiar; they should. We saw the same type of disaster in...continued

EPA comments show Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails the President's climate test

Posted February 3, 2015 by Anthony Swift

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drove what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in comments released today, linking the project to an expansion of the tar sands and...continued

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

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