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Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On


Pres. Barack Obama vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline on February 24—not because of climate change, not because of low oil prices and not because of the risks from leaking diluted bitumen from the tar sands. Obama vetoed the pipeline bill “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive [...]

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Senators Vote in Circles about Global Warming and the Keystone XL Pipeline


The U.S. Senate voted 62 to 36 yesterday to build the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that would bring oil from tar sands in Canada down through the U.S. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest forms of oil and expansion of their use would ensure too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, helping climate change wreak [...]

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EPA on Keystone XL: Significant Climate Impacts from Tar Sands Pipeline

In a draft assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, consultants for the U.S. State Department judged that building it would have no significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Why? Because the analysts assumed the tar sands oil would find a way out with or without the new pipeline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does [...]

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In Keystone XL Saga, Time to Elevate Policy Above Politics


Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from David Livingston, an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on trade, markets, and risk. The biggest story in U.S. energy politics at the moment is the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil sands from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where [...]

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