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Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone XL Veto Threat: Does 'No' Really Mean No?

January 8, 2015 by Christina Nunez
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The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama would veto a Senate bill aimed at greenlighting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A veto would likely extend the already tortuous six-year path for the proposed pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.[read more]

Why it is Time to Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

January 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Decision on Keystone

 

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would be likely to carry some of the world's dirtiest oil from under Canada's Boreal forests all the way to the Gulf Coast for export to overseas markets. The pipeline project is all risk and no reward for the United States.[read more]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

December 22, 2014 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?[read more]

Energy and the New Congress: Beyond Keystone

December 1, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The Keystone XL pipeline has been under review by the Executive Branch for six years, yet despite its symbolic importance to both sides of the debate, and an apparent majority in both houses of the newly elected Congress favoring its construction, its future remains uncertain.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'It's Likely a Business We're in Long-Term Irrespective of Keystone'

November 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Keystone Construction and Energy Business

Long viewed as a more expensive short-term solution to pipelines, it appears transporting crude oil via rail is likely to continue in conjunction with pipeline infrastructure. As North American oil production crept steadily higher over the past several years, the output surge overwhelmed existing pipelines.[read more]

Keystone XL Loses Another Round

November 24, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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The image that will stick with me from the recent failed attempt by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to avoid a filibuster on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is that of her Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) standing next to a blown-up photo of choking smog, presumably in China.[read more]

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

November 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The U.S. Senate defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline project that would worsen climate change and threaten water quality.[read more]

Keystone Falls Short in Senate, Cable News Battle Continues

November 20, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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Keystone XL and Cable News

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. As the battle over the pipeline lives on for at least a few more months, a forthcoming study indicates that cable news and other partisan news outlets have played a significant role in distorting how Democrats and Republicans view even the most basic facts of the debate.[read more]

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]