State Dept. Keystone XL North Contractor ERM Approved Project Now Melting Glaciers

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 6:43 pm

TransCanada chose Environmental Resources Management Group (ERM) as one of its contractors to conduct the environmental impact statement for Keystone XL on behalf of the U.S. State Department. That contractor, ERM Group also happens to have green-lighted a gold mining project in central Asia that is now melting glaciers.

 

Congress to Vote on Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 6:50 am

The stars have aligned for the vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans have been demanding the vote for months and used the issue to jam the White House on not supporting job creation in the 2014 election cycle. And now Democrats are also interested in having the vote in hopes that allowing Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to vote for the proposal will help her win her runoff election. Though her opponent, Representative Bill Cassidy, will also get a chance to vote for the pipeline in the House.

Climate Change Policies Dead in the Water With New Congress

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 11:23 am

Much has been made of the fact that immigration reform is going to have a tough time getting through Congress now that Republicans have taken control of both chambers, but an issue that appears to have even less of a chance of getting addressed in the next two years is climate change. If anything, Republicans taking control of Congress may exacerbate the situation.

Start with who is going to takeover the committee in the Senate responsible for climate change related legislation now that the GOP is in control, Senator James “it;’s a hoax” Inhofe.

Oil-By-Train or Grain-By-Train?

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:20 pm

Farmers are experiencing great crops in the midwest this year, but are having difficulty getting their products shipped by train since the trains are hauling oil. According to the NYTimes that’s what’s happening, “leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills.” And farmers expect things to go even further downhill as they achieve “a record crop of wheat and soybeans.”

Study: Keystone XL Pipeline To Produce Four Times More Pollution Than State Dept Claims

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:40 pm

A new study published in Nature Climate Change by the Stockholm Environment Institute claims that the Keystone XL Pipeline is set to produce four times more climate change pollution than the US State Department predicted. The State Department has already been under increased scrutiny for playing politics with the science of climate change. Transcanda, a firm that would benefit from the building of the pipeline, was recently revealed to have ties to State Department staff making the recommendations despite attempts by the State Department to hide those ties.

For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

By: Monday May 5, 2014 3:29 pm

TransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL‘s southern leg, now rebranded the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project. The company confirmed the pipeline activity in its 2014 quarter one earnings call.

‘Moccasins on the Ground’ Aims to Shield People From ‘Black Venom’ of Keystone XL

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 4:00 pm

First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada’s poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg of TransCanada’s “black venom” tar sands pipeline.

Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a National Security Issue

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 9:00 am

The illogic emerging from the State Department yesterday on the Keystone XL pipeline would be mindboggling, if my mind hadn’t already been boggled so often in the past when it comes to this funnel of death. “Approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands,” they said. By this logic, TSA should be shut down. After all, “Inspection of passengers on any one airplane trip, including those going in and out of DC’s National Airport, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of terrorism.”

But if they won’t listen to scientists, and they won’t listen to to lefty tree-hugger environmentalists, maybe they’ll listen to the military . . .

Going to Jail on MLK’s B-Day to Stop Keystone XL South: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 5:00 pm

You wouldn’t know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front line reports from landowners in Texas and Oklahoma say that TransCanada has patrol planes flying up and down the line, with foot patrols searching for leaks. In a few short days, this 485-mile fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on the planet will be lit.

For First Time, Anti-Terrorism Law Used to Have Americans Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline Arrested

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:05 am

A demonstration against Devon Energy and the company’s role in fracking and tar sands mining, including the Keystone XL pipeline, ended with four individuals being placed under arrest last week. Two of them were arrested by police on the basis that they had violated an Oklahoma anti-terrorism law prohibiting “terrorism hoaxes.” It is strongly suspected [...]

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