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Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

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What's Driving Gasoline and Oil Prices?

February 11, 2015 by Greg Bothun
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Oil and Gas Price Influences

Everyone is aware that the price of gas is currently very low. An event like this often spurs conspiracy theories involving OPEC, the US, Russia, etc. But there is no evidence that supports any of these conspiracy theories, while there is evidence that these low prices are in fact due to the following factors.[read more]

Keystone XL's Substantial Importance

January 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Impacts of the Keystone Pipeline

 

As the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative has appeared that suggests the pipeline has become a symbolic issue: one way or another tar sands will be developed. This narrative ignores developments in the tar sands industry over the last year.[read more]

European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

October 16, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

It is good news that Europe has published final measures that will require EU member states to lower the carbon intensity of their transport fuel mix by 6% before a 2020 deadline. If adopted, this would be a step in the right direction. But the final policy wasn't as strong as it could have been.[read more]

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

August 28, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Sludge Pools

On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over two-and-a-half billion gallons of contaminated water and liquids from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed.[read more]

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

August 17, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch
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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations. While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back to the year 2012.[read more]

Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

July 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Environmental Risk and Fuel Extraction

The Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.[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]

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]