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Keystone Pipeline Will Impact Climate Change, State Department Reports

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How much can one oil pipeline affect global climate change? That’s one of the fundamental questions probed by a new, final environmental impact assessment released January 31 by the U.S. State Department. At issue is the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry 730,000 barrels a day of oil from western Canada, mostly from Alberta’s tar [...]

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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 Nominee Gina McCarthy Stymied by Republican Boycott

When a U.S. president nominates a candidate to take over the top spot at a major government agency such as the Defense Department, at least a few senators—usually from the opposing party—raise some objections, if for no other reason than to show that they will not rubber-stamp anyone the president proposes. But yesterday Republicans boycotted [...]

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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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The Dirt on Oil Sands

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By Scott McNally With the U.S. Department of State currently reviewing TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit of the Keystone XL pipeline, protests from environmental groups opposing the pipeline have been heating up. The main reason for the opposition to the pipeline is that environmentalists generally consider oil sands to be “dirty” – partially because [...]

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Survey Says – Americans Support Keystone XL Pipeline

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Survey says – the majority of Americans who have heard about the Keystone XL pipeline project support it. According to a recent report published by the Pew Research Center, 2/3 of individuals with some prior knowledge of the pipeline believe that the U.S. government should approve its being built. And, despite environmental concerns surrounding the [...]

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Guest Post: Why Obama Rejected Keystone XL

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Keystone XL should be approved. It is an economic, geopolicitcal, and even an environmental no-brainer, but it was still rejected. Why? Many are claiming that President Obama was swayed by the protestors outside the White House, or by environmental groups, or that he just hates oil and doesn’t want to create jobs. As an oil [...]

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Guest post: Keystone XL? It’s Not an Environmental Question

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Keystone XL is the lesser of two evils. The other evil, is not building Keystone XL.  This argument – to build, or not to build the transcontinental pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast – is a heated one. Classic. Environment verses humans. The earth versus polluters. But, in this debate, we have forgotten [...]

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