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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 may wait on Nebraska route, but climate change impacts wait for no one

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

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Graphic from Oil Change International   The State Department is providing additional time for comments on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, extending the process, until more is known about the project’s route through Nebraska. A Nebraska court had...continued

A Prudent Action on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Waiting for a legal pipeline route through Nebraska

Posted April 18, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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The U.S. State Department has decided to extend the comment period  for the federal agencies who are weighing in on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  In their announcement, the State Department cited the fact there is no legal...continued

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 16, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to deny the project, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most...continued

More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Shope in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to...continued

The State Department's stunningly bad poster child pick

Posted April 4, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Buried in the State Department’s final environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline issued in January is an argument that switchovers to tar sands refining are A-ok because they actually reduce pollution.  This is just wrong, as we have...continued

Ukraine doesn't bolster case for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted April 3, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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After their argument that Keystone XL would be a national job creator has been widely debunked, promoters of the embattled tar sands pipeline are now turning to the international crisis in the Ukraine for a reason to build the project....continued

Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development

Posted April 1, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns.  The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands...continued

Business leaders urge rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted March 31, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the Obama administration considers the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, hundreds of business leaders across the nation are urging Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama to reject the high carbon project. In a letter released...continued

Secretary Kerry has all the information necessary to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted March 27, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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  The State Department now has all the information it needs to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. NRDC has released a backgrounder that presents an overview of a compelling body of evidence that makes it clear that this...continued

Allies of all shapes and sizes: The National Nurses United

Posted March 19, 2014 by Denée Reaves

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Allies against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline come from all walks of life, and in all shapes and sizes. In fact, the ally I’m specifically referring to is 180,000 union members strong.  It is the largest nurses’...continued

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