Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Follow the Oiltanking Trail

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 5:52 pm

The U.S. Senate failed to get the necessary 60 votes to approve the northern leg of TransCanada‘s KeystoneXL pipeline, but incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) already promised it will get another vote when the GOP-dominated Senate begins its new session in 2015.

Though the bill failed, one of the key narratives that arose during the congressional debate was the topic of whether or not the tar sands product that may flow through it will ultimately be exported to the global market.

 

Keystone XL Fails In Senate

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:52 am

In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.

Late Night: Game Over

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:00 pm

The day wasn’t a total loss, the “Save Mary Landrieu’s Senate Seat” bill didn’t pass, so still no Keystone XL Pipeline -yet.

Late Night: Say Bye-Bye, Keystone XL

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 8:00 pm

In case you hadn’t heard, which is probably true if you depend on the evening TV news for most of your information, the Keystone XL is all but dead, and there’s nothing that Mary Landrieu, Congressional and Senate Republicans, or the White House can do to save it.

Timothy Geithner’s Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 10:30 am

Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State and Secretary John Kerry over the permitting of a controversial border-crossing northern leg of a pipeline system that DeSmogBlog has called Enbridge‘s “Keystone XL Clone.”

The Keystone XL Clone is designed to accomplish the same goal as TransCanada‘s Keystone XL: bringing Alberta’s tar sands to Gulf coast refineries and export market. It consists of three legs: the Alberta Clipper expansion as the northern leg, the Flanagan South middle leg and the Seaway Twin southern leg.

Green groups have called the northern leg an “illegal scheme” because the Enbridge Alberta Clipper expansion proposal didn’t go through the normal State Department approval process.

What the GOP Senate Could Mean for the Environment

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 4:10 pm

The next chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will likely be Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, a well-known and outspoken climate change denier. In 2012, citing Genesis 8:22 in the Bible, he said, “‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. And this is the, the arrogance of people who think that we human beings would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me, outrageous.”

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.

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 4:55 pm

We’ve got this.

Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL’s northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 6:52 pm

On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling that will serve as important precedent for the ongoing federal legal battles over the Keystone XL and Flanagan South tar sands pipelines.

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

EPA Announces New Coal Regulations

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 6:52 am

The EPA formally announced its new regulations Monday – which President Obama plans to enforce through executive actions – that will in theory lead to a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. The plan has already been met with stiff opposition including the Chamber of Commerce which said the new rules will costs $50 billion a year and kill 224,000 jobs.

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