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.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 13, 2014 12:40 pm|
|By: Tom Weis 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.
|By: Steve Horn 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday April 29, 2014 1:30 pm|
On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil‘s Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured inMayflower, Arkansas, sending hundreds of thousands of gallons of diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) pouring down the town’s streets.
Now, just over a year after the massive spill, devastation has come to Mayflower and neighboring towns again, this time in the form of a lethal tornado. On the evening of April 27, the twister destroyed huge pockets of the town of just over 2,300 citizens in a wholesale manner, with 14 confirmed dead and likely many more still not counted.
|By: Tom Weis 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.
|By: Steve Horn Friday April 18, 2014 2:45 pm|
Reuters and Politico broke a major story today that TransCanada’s northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be decided on until after the 2014 mid-term elections.
“The U.S. State Department will…extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 midterm elections.”
|By: Zach Tomanelli Friday April 4, 2014 7:40 am|
|By: danps Sunday March 30, 2014 6:40 am|
Last week several environmental groups called on the president to not speed up permitting for liquefied natural gas exports. In response White House adviser John Podesta met with reporters and forcefully rebutted arguments they had not made.
“If you oppose all fossil fuels and you want to turn that switch off tomorrow, that is a completely impractical way of moving toward a clean-energy future” he thundered, answering a charge articulated by no one
|By: Steve Horn Thursday March 13, 2014 7:00 pm|
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing today (March 13) on the U.S. State Department’s national interest determination for the northern half of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Four witnesses will testify: Keystone XL proponent Karen Alderman Harbert, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy; retired NASA climatologistJames Hansen, an adjunct professor atColumbia University’s Earth Institute and Keystone XL opponent; and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, another critic of the Keystone XL.
And then there’s James Jones.