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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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To Unlock Wind, Build Transmission Lines Linking the Plains to the Cities

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A vital factor affecting the economics of any energy source is transportation: where is the fuel extracted, where is it used, and how does it get from point A to point B? An example is the case of Texas versus North Dakota, both of which have experienced a boom in oil and gas production from [...]

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Guest Post: Why Obama Rejected Keystone XL


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


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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