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Feature: Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported toxic tar sands oil from under Canada’s Boreal forest, home to many North American songbirds populations, to oil refineries in Texas. The pipeline would increase the production on one of the dirtiest forms of oil and threaten rivers and communities all along its path. Tar sands oil is dirtier and more corrosive than conventional oil, and current regulations will not prevent leaks and spills.

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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

Obama Stands Up for Climate Action, Vows to Veto GOP Obstruction

Posted January 21, 2015 by Rhea Suh

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President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to...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

New polls show major shift in public attitudes against Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted January 20, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-authored with Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project A few weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner tried to paint the President as completely out of touch with the American people. Speaker Boehner, responding...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

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

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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