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Keystone XL Pipeline

Oil Flows on Keystone XL's Southern Leg, But Link to Canada Awaits Obama Administration

January 24, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Oil has begun flowing on the southern segment of North America’s most controversial pipeline project: the Keystone XL. TransCanada announced Wednesday that it had begun operations to send crude from Oklahoma to the refining center of the U.S. Gulf Coast.[read more]

John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline

January 9, 2014 by Tina Casey

John Kerry and Keystone XL

The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.[read more]

Podesta Opens Keystone Can Of Worms But This New Solar Grant Could Close It

December 18, 2013 by Tina Casey

Keystone and Solar

Advocates for the Keystone pipeline got a roller coaster of a ride this week when the White House announced the appointment of Keystone opponent John Podesta to be White House counselor, only to follow up with an indication that Podesta would recuse himself from the review process for the project.[read more]

How Bitumen Gets to Market

December 18, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Bitumen Transport

On my trip to the oil sands, the logistical issues of getting the bitumen to market were a major topic of discussion. The issue has received widespread attention in recent years as a result of the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which many view, incorrectly as I will show, as essential.[read more]

Extraction Vs. Upgrading

November 12, 2013 by Andrew Leach

If you had a given amount of capital to spend in the oil sands, would an oil sands mine alone or an integrated project with an upgrader generate the largest value-added return on investment, including total wages, royalties, taxes, and profits, and how would these be distributed?[read more]

National Association of Manufacturers, Others Plead for Keystone XL Approval

October 19, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Keystone XL Support

In the latest chapter of the Keystone XL pipeline saga, a coalition of three major U.S. business entities and 168 business leaders from across the country penned a letter to President Barack Obama last week urging him to approve construction of the highly-debated pipeline.[read more]

Prominent Canadians Visit DC to Share the Truth About Canada's Record

October 15, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

A prominent delegation of Canadians has traveled to Washington, DC to urge U.S. law and policy makers to take note of the Canadian federal government’s systematic attack on climate and environmental protections, public activism, and artistic expression.[read more]

Illustrating How the Keystone Pipeline Fails the President's Climate Test

October 14, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Emissions

The fact are clear: The Keystone XL pipeline fails President Obama's climate test. The pipeline significantly exacerbates the problem of carbon pollution. It is not in the national interest, and its Presidential Permit should be denied.[read more]

Would An Emissions Deal Break the Keystone XL Deadlock?

October 2, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

You would never know it from protest slogans conflating all types of air pollution as if they were identical, but the characteristics and effects of greenhouse gases like CO2 are different from the emissions from automobile tailpipes or the sulfate pollution from coal power plants.[read more]

CEOs to Obama: Reject 'Dealmaking' on Keystone Pipeline

September 27, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline debate has continued for several years over the impacts to climate, public health, land use, and freshwater impacts, the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have failed to take aggressive action to address the substantial impacts of tar sands mining and drilling operations.[read more]

Is an Economist Allowed to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline?

September 18, 2013 by James Bushnell

The Keystone pipeline debate encapsulates the appeal and the distastefulness of tackling emissions limiting the supply of fossil fuels. What matters is whether reducing this supply leads to more output from some other source of supply, or if other sources would be used regardless.[read more]

Canada's Actions on Climate Sharply Diverge From Government Promises

September 12, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Many of us have experienced the frustration of someone making a promise that is later broken. But when the world’s tenth-largest carbon polluter makes and breaks promises to deliver on major national policies and international climate agreements, it is a different matter.[read more]

Is the Canadian Prime Minister Out of Options on Keystone?

September 11, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama to open a dialogue on joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. But what if it turns out that Harper has nothing to offer Obama?[read more]


Benefits of Blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline: Facts or Myths?

September 10, 2013 by John Miller

Keystone Pipeline Facts and Myths

The Keystone XL pipeline is being strongly opposed due to claims that the U.S. and the World would benefit more without completing this project. After carefully examining the factors for opposing the pipeline, are these advocated benefits reasonable?[read more]

Review Process for Keystone Pipeline Must Be Conflict Free

August 27, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

The State Department’s Inspector General has now confirmed that its inquiry into the independence of the environmental review process for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be complete until January 2014.[read more]