Keystone XL

While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[read more]

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The Keystone Showdown: #EnergyChat on the Final Chapter of the Pipeline Fight

February 7, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

The years-long fight over the Keystone XL pipeline appears to be entering its final chapter. The new Congress recently passed legislation requiring the Obama Administration to approve it. Now the President must decide whether or not to make good on a threat to veto any bill forcing his hand on the issue.[read more]


#EnergyChat: Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Increase Carbon Emissions? [VIDEO]

February 8, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Keystone XL Discussion

Last Friday, the U.S. State Department released its final environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, thrusting the controversial project back into the news and reigniting a long-simmering debate. The final EIS gave ammunition to both sides of the debate.[read more]


Why Keystone XL is a Fight Worth Fighting

February 8, 2014 by Daniel Kessler

The numbers in Robert Rapier’s recent Keystone XL post are spot on. It’s true that the 170 billion barrels found in the Athabasca tar sands reserve alone won’t cook the planet, just as it’s true that one Big Mac won’t make you fat and one cigarette won’t give you cancer.[read more]


Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Increase Carbon Emissions? The Numbers Behind the KXL Debate [UPDATED]

February 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

The State Department released an updated final environmental impact statement for Keystone XL that buoyed the hopes of pipeline advocates and opponents alike and gave Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama considerable leeway to make their final decision on the project.[read more]

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved? New State Department Environmental Report Buoys Both Sides

February 3, 2014 by Elana Schor

The State Department gave hope to both sides of Keystone XL debate in a report that made few changes to its earlier conclusion, that rejecting the pipeline would not stop development of the emissions-intensive Canadian oil sands, while staying mum on the overarching impact of the controversial project.[read more]

Memorial Day Driving By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 26, 2013 by Joseph Romm

price at the pump

The oil industry uses high prices to make big profits, spends them to keep their tax breaks, and then pushes for more dirty, unconventional oil like Canadian tar sands — which will not have any impact on gasoline prices.[read more]

10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands

May 17, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

Alberta Tar Sands

Time for a tar sands reality check.Here's the top 10 reasons Canada needs to rethink their unrelenting desire to expand tar sands operations.[read more]

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EPA Cries Foul on Keystone XL & Gov't Forecasts Fall Short

April 26, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Why worry about a little bit of extra greenhouse gas emissions--on the order of about 19 million metric tons annually, according to EPA estimates--from tar sands? Why indeed.[read more]

Keystone XL: Safe for Our Country

April 26, 2013 by Mark Green

Keystone XL construction

The Keystone XL pipeline is squarely in President Obama’s court. He should approve the full project – for the jobs, economic lift and strengthened energy security this shovel-ready project would provide for our country.[read more]

Keystone XL: For Our Economy

April 25, 2013 by Mark Green

pro-Keystone Rally

The economic and energy market reasons for approving the full Keystone XL pipeline are strong. Energy activity equals jobs, income and spinoff economic activity.[read more]


Activism is Half the Battle: The Need for Clean Energy Policymakers

April 17, 2013 by Adam James

Everyone has a place in the ecosystem of the climate fight, and my concern is that the passion that I have seen channeled so well in activism has not developed an equivalent counterpart in the young policy community.[read more]


After Keystone: Fight Coal and Accelerate Innovation

April 9, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Finishing the fight against Old King Coal today while amping up the innovation needed to develop the affordable, scalable alternatives needed to ultimately tackle Big Oil as well is a winning climate strategy.[read more]

Will the Oil Spill in Arkansas Impact Keystone XL?

April 4, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

In the wake of this spill, there is strong public sentiment being heard regarding the proposed 800,000 bpd Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry the same Canadian crude to the Gulf Coast.[read more]

On Climate Change and the Educational Value of a Kick in the Teeth

April 2, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

Climate change is so big and so bad that it’s nearly impossible to give someone a quick, accurate introduction without that person leaping to the conclusion that you’re a partisan, extremist whack job.[read more]