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Mounting Evidence that Tar Sands Activity is Causing Health Problems

March 1, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from California has connected the dots and is pointing to growing evidence that communities living near tar sands mining and drilling operations, pipelines, and refineries are showing serious health risks and problems.[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]

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Why Keystone XL is a Fight Worth Fighting

February 8, 2014 by Daniel Kessler
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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]

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

February 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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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]

New Documents Reveal Canada Not Serious on Addressing Tar Sands Emissions

November 9, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch
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Freedom of information documents makes public that Canadian climate policies under consideration will still lead to significant increases in tar sands carbon pollution. This comes days after the Canadian government released its annual report on greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Major Norwegian Pension Fund Drops Tar Sands Investments

July 7, 2013 by Kevin Grandia
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As the financial community begins to wake up to this idea of stranded assets and the citizenry continues to press for reform to the Canadian tar sands industry, we might be in for a very long hot summer.[read more]

10 Reasons Canada Needs to Rethink the Tar Sands

May 17, 2013 by Kevin Grandia
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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]

Exxon Spills Tar Sands Oil Again, Can’t Find 126,000 Gallons Spilled In Arkansas

May 3, 2013 by Joseph Romm

ExxonMobil oil spill in Arkansas

Despite a massive cleanup effort in the Mayflower, Arkansas, neighborhood, the federal pipeline safety agency reports that ExxonMobil has recovered only 2,000 of the total 5,000 barrels of spilled tar sands crude.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline: It’s About the Jobs, the Economy and Security

April 1, 2013 by Mark Green
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Let’s not miss the point that a project of this size can stimulate the economy beyond itself. 117,000 new U.S. jobs linked to oil sands development because of the Keystone XL would be created by 2035.[read more]

Can Tar Sands Development Continue Without Keystone XL?

March 15, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch
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With prices for tar sands oil breaking below $60/barrel for the first time since 2010, the fate of the tar sands oil industry seems more tied to the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline than ever.[read more]

NY Times Editorial Makes The Climate Case Against Keystone

March 12, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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tar sands emissions

The March 11 editorial in the New York Times says the overriding reason President Obama should reject the Keystone XL pipeline is climate change.[read more]

Keystone XL: State Department Downplays Climate Change Dangers

March 3, 2013 by Frances Beinecke
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The State Department issued an recklessly insufficient environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline on Friday, despite the President’s tough talk on confronting climate change.[read more]

Keystone XL Still Under Review While Gulf Coast Segment Receives Federal Permits

July 29, 2012 by Danielle Droitsch
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Photo by Elvert Barnes via Flickr

As the environmental review process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline commences under the direction of the State Department, Trans Canada has announced it will proceed with another tar sands pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, a 485-mile long segment that was once part of the original Keystone XL project. The...[read more]

In Canada's Tar Sands, a Dante's Hell Threatens People Nearby and Across the Globe

July 15, 2012 by Rocky Kistner
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In Canada's western province of Alberta, Melina Laboucan-Massimo’s community—the Lubicon Lake Nation—has endured a withering toxic tar sands oil assault, an Armageddon against nature few Americans are fully aware of. Here in the once pristine sub-Arctic, tar sands mining operations level vast swaths of boreal forests near native...[read more]

Facts, Not Excuses, Should Guide Decision on Re-Routed Keystone XL

May 7, 2012 by Mark Green

It’s good to hear that TransCanada has submitted its new application for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The application comes just weeks after the Nebraska legislature approved a bill to move forward with a new route in that state that avoids the sensitive Sand Hills region.Even better news would be that the...[read more]