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Keystone XL Pipeline

Tar Sands Expansion Cools Down Without Keystone XL

July 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Tar Sands and Pipelines

A series of recent energy industry announcements is pouring the proverbial cold water on the argument that tar sands development will happen at the same pace and scale with or without major infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline.[read more]

Keystone XL's Emissions Versus Coal-Fired Power

May 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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I hadn’t planned to write another Keystone XL pipeline article, but I have gotten a lot of questions since the recent announcement by the Obama administration that they are still unable to make a decision on the project. At this point I don’t think the project will be approved by this administration.[read more]

How Canada's Incoherence on Climate is Killing Keystone

April 29, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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Canada Keystone Incoherence

There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the U.S. regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months.[read more]

A Prudent Action on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Waiting for a Legal Pipeline Route through Nebraska

April 24, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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Keystone Nebraska Route

The State Department has extended the comment period for the agencies weighing in on the Keystone pipeline. In their announcement, State cited the fact there is no legal route through the state of Nebraska and there won’t likely be one for at least another 6 months to a year or more.[read more]

It Just Doesn't Add Up: Why I Think Not Building Keystone XL Will Leave a Billion Barrels of Bitumen in the Ground

March 25, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Keystone and Potential Fuel

When oil sands come up in conversation, many of my economist friends argue that "the stuff will come out of the ground whether we like it or not". When the discussion turns to Keystone, the attitude is that "it simply doesn't matter. The Canadians are just going to build pipelines and ship the stuff elsewhere."[read more]

EPA Unlikely to Buy Argument that Keystone XL Will Not Worsen Climate Change: Agency Concerns Were Ignored

March 15, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the various impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Three different times, the U.S. EPA has issued failing grades saying the true impacts of the pipeline have not been adequately considered.[read more]

Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Matters for Climate Change

March 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Keystone and Climate Goals

Following the close of the thirty day public comment period, the National Interest Determination (NID) process will continue as federal agencies consider over 2 million comments concluding that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the nation’s interest.[read more]

Physicist And Congressman Rush Holt On Keystone XL: Tar Sands 'Sludge' Is 'A Climate Poison'

March 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Congressman Rush Holt

Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become increasingly hostile towards science.[read more]

Keystone XL Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: GHG Analysis & Next Steps

February 22, 2014 by James Coleman
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On January 31, the United States State Department issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to transport oil sands bitumen from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.[read more]

At Mexican Summit, President Ties Keystone XL Pipeline to Climate Concerns

February 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Keystone and Climate Concerns

The president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”. But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s Olympic ice hockey team would win today.[read more]

Nebraska Court Finds the Proposed Route for Keystone XL Unconstitutional

February 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone Route Ruling

In what could turn out to be a major victory for farmers, ranchers and other landowners, Nebraska’s District court has declared the route for the that section of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through the state to be unconstitutional.[read more]

Keystone XL Will Significantly Increase Oil Industry Investment in the Tar Sands

February 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Tar Sands

A major issue in the decision around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the extent to which this project will drive expansion of tar sands extraction and the associated climate change. We often hear Keystone XL dismissed as insignificant, but this misses the point.[read more]

Greens: 'Magical Thinking' on Oil-by-Rail Behind State's Keystone XL Assessment

February 12, 2014 by Elana Schor
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The State Department softened some of its sunniest growth predictions for Canadian oil sands by rail in its final environmental review of Keystone XL -- but greens still warn that only analysts in rose-colored glasses could see trains as a viable substitute for the pipeline.[read more]

Final Environmental Review for Keystone Pipeline Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

February 7, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change. There is already compelling evidence that approval of Keystone XL would expand the tar sands industry and cause unacceptable climate impacts.[read more]

Coal Emissions Equal an Athabasca Oil Sands Reserve Every Four Years

February 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Coal Emissions

I have argued that while Keystone XL has mobilized a lot of passion and energy, its threat is minuscule compared to the world’s growing carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, I believe most of the effort being directed at stopping Keystone XL would be better directed at the world’s coal emissions.[read more]