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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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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

Scientists and economists call on Obama and Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted February 11, 2015 by Jennifer Skene

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Earlier today, ninety-five scientists and economists released a letter urging President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, calling it a "step in the wrong direction" if the Obama administration is serious about addressing climate...continued

EPA Keystone XL pipeline comments step-by-step

Posted February 3, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Today EPA cleared the way for the president to reject the massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, re-iterating State Department's findings in their final environmental review that tar sands oil is dirtier than conventional crude and that due to variability...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

What to expect on Keystone XL now that the Senate has voted

Posted January 30, 2015 by Liz Barratt-Brown

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Now that Congress has voted to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, attention will focus on President Obama who has promised to veto this legislation but whose administration is also actively engaged in the permitting process. Once the president...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

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

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