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Tar Sands Pipeline Vetoed, Climate Threat Marches On

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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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Tar Sands No Worse Than Other Oils for Pipeline Spills

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The oil derived from Canada’s tar sands is more acidic than other forms of petroleum. So does this mean that diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”) is more corrosive when flowing through a pipeline? The answer is no, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council. A review of U.S. pipeline ruptures over the [...]

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Obama Has a Plan for Climate, What If It Involves Tar Sands?

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On a sweltering day in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama sweated as he laid out his new plan to combat climate change. In addition to the mandatory cuts in CO2 pollution from coal-fired power plants and the efforts to protect the country from the ravages of climate change highlighted by my colleague Mark Fischetti, Obama [...]

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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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Energy in the 2015 State of the Union

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Tonight President Obama will address a joint session of Congress for the 2015 State of the Union. In 2009, his speech described that renewable energy would “transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change.” By 2014, he highlighted natural gas as as “the bridge fuel that can [...]

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