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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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Fact Checking the WaPo Fact Checker on Keystone XL and exports

Posted November 20, 2014 by Anthony Swift in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Written with Lorne Stockman, Research Director at Oil Change International   The President recently took on claims that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would help American consumers, noting that the carbon-intensive project is designed primarily as a route for...continued

Senate Votes Down Effort to Rubber Stamp Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted November 20, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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We had a victory for climate action and clean water this week.  The Senate rejected an attempt to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil on Tuesday night. Keystone XL has sweeping implications for our health, our...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

HOME is Where The Climate Is

Posted November 18, 2014 by Robert Friedman in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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Just under two months ago, over 400,000 people of all faiths, creeds, political orientations and causes rallied in the streets of New York City for climate justice. Musicians marched alongside kids, people of faith mingled with scientists. It was truly...continued

5 Reasons the Senate Must Protect Our Communities from the Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted November 17, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On Tuesday, the Senate will vote on a bill forcing President Obama to green light the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. Keystone threatens our air and water and would intensify the climate change already pounding our...continued

Keystone XL tar sands pipeline still doesn't make sense -- forcing approval puts the cart before the horse

Posted November 14, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As Congress takes up legislation that would force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, there are countless reasons why this is a bad idea starting with the fact that there is still no established route for the...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

Neil Young, Willie Nelson and 8,000 in Nebraska Stand Up to the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Posted September 27, 2014 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Under a warm September sun, thousands spread out across the cornfield on the Tanderup family farm in Neligh, Nebraska. We sang along with Neil Young and Willie Nelson to honor the beautiful Nebraska farms and ranches, waters and traditional...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

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