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Obama Repeats Keystone XL Cautions

Reposted from Examiner.com: In his weekly address on Saturday, President Barack Obama singled out highlights of his hour-long remarks Wednesday at high-ranked Knox liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois. President Obama recalled his plan of “a better bargain for the middle class and folks working to join it.” In Galesburg, he also reconfirmed the commitment […]

July 29th

Runaway Oil Train Causes Deadly Explosion In Eastern Quebec

At about 1:15 Saturday morning, a 72-freightcar train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale development, bound for Irving Oil’s plant in Saint John, New Brunswick, slipped its brakes in the eastern Quebec town of Nantes. The train’s only human passenger — the engineer — had checked into a nearby hotel. Driverless and continually […]

July 10th

Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Appears On David Letterman

Last week, climate activist Tim DeChristopher received a warm welcome on the David Letterman Show. The 12-minute interview with Dave was productive and seemed to give the host a little insight into climate activism. DeChristopher had a chance to discuss climate activism, the upcoming documentary Bidder 70, and the events leading up to DeChristopher’s imprisonment. During the interview, […]

July 2nd

Rap + Dance = Protest Urging Obama To Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of sister site sustainablog recently caught note of a somewhat atypical environmental protest song. I think his post, reposted below, is worth a read. Naturally, we agree that there are many reasons Obama should rejected the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. For a scroll through our extensive coverage of this topic, check out […]

June 24th

Largest Tar Sands Oil Producer, Seeking To Avoid "Foregone Revenue," Announces Fewer Safety Checks

Suncor Energy, the largest producer in Canada’s tar sands oil operations, has announced it will require fewer major safety maintenance “shut-down” checks at its Alberta production sites, decreasing the required checks to once every five years, down from its prior four-year schedule. Steve Douglas, Suncor’s vice president of investor relations, said that routine safety shut […]

June 14th

Father's Day Petition To President Obama

One of our great writers, Don Lieber, has created a petition on MoveOn.org targeted at Obama that I thought was worth quickly passing along. It’s a Father’s Day petition pushing Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Here’s the petition statement: Dear President Obama, Father’s Day represents a celebration of our cherished obligation […]

June 10th

US Coal Exports: "The Worst Of The Worst"

First, a historical parallel: The US tobacco industry, during the late 1990s, targeted children in underdeveloped parts of the world — South America, Asia, and the middle-East — with a particularly abhorrent marketing program: they gave away free cigarettes to children in order to introduce them to smoking at an early age. At the same […]

May 30th

Videos Of Oil Spill In Mayflower, Arkansas

22 families had to evacuate a suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas due to Exxon’s recent oil spill. It is not yet a week since Mayflower began to suffer from the Exxon oil spill, which is estimated at 12,000 barrels of oil and chemicals. The smelly mess is horrific, with risks to nearby bodies of water […]

April 5th

Oil Running Down The Road, Oil Pipeline Spill In Mayflower, Arkansas

“We can see oil running down the road like a river,” explains a Mayflower resident. Crude oil has leaked and this is extremely unfortunate to Mayflower, Arkansas; damaging neighborhoods, and possibly endangering Lake Conrad. The size of the spill remains unclear. Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated the spill […]

March 31st

Opposition To Keystone Pipeline, Stigmatization Of Tar Sands Increasing (Pictures)

Public opposition to the Keystone “Tar Sands” Pipeline continues to increase, with protests against ‘the dirtiest fuel on the planet‘ taking new and increasingly organized public forms of civil disobedience in the United States and around the world. Last week, the “National Week of Action Against Tar Sands Profiteers” resulted in over 50 protest actions against […]

March 26th

Largest German Research Center Cuts Ties to Alberta Tar Sands

Germany’s largest research institution — one of the world’s most prestigious — has withdrawn from a multi-million dollar Canadian-funded “tar sands” research project, citing the tar sands’ significant environmental concerns as posing a ”risk to our reputation”. “It’s a clear signal that Canada’s energy and climate policy is not accepted by the international community, especially […]

March 20th

After Ever After Viral Video Has Green Gene (Video)

Brand new viral video “After Ever After” from Paint just popped onto my radar. After two days, the video has almost 1.5 million views. I decided to check it out for basically two reasons: 1) I was curious what might be the next big, big thing (following Gangnam Style & Harlem Shake), and 2) the […]

March 15th

Secret Group Pumping Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Anti-Wind, Anti-Solar, & Anti-Climate Action Campaigns

If you can’t beat a competitor on simple merits, logic, science, or economics, simply pump hundreds of millions of dollars into disinformation campaigns. Heck, if deceiving the public and corrupting legislators and government officials isn’t a good and honorable practice, what is? What am I talking about? Today, I’m referring to Donors Trust and Donors Capital […]

February 23rd

State Department Receives New Report On Climate Effects Of Keystone Pipeline

Four days before President Obama promised, during his second inauguration address, to combat climate change, officials at the US State Department received a new report by scientists which details how a particular byproduct of the Keystone XL pipeline — “Petroleum Coke” — renders the project even more dangerous to the climate than previously estimated. The […]

January 22nd

Keystone Pipeline Opposition Grows Nationwide: Protesters Storm TransCanada's Offices In Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts

  Protesters yesterday mounted joint occupations of TransCanada’s corporate offices in at least three cities as the increasing protests against the Keystone “Tar Sands” Pipeline escalated into more public, direct confrontations. Various reports confirm 50 to 100 people ‘stormed’ the Houston offices of the giant Canadian oil company, utilizing street-theater tactics such as hanging orange […]

January 8th

Environmentalists Set High Climate Policy Expectations For John Kerry As Secretary of State: Pipeline Rejection Tops The List

  Leading national environmental organizations and climate policy experts reacted quickly to the December 21 nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State, stating clearly what their expectations of him are: decisive action on climate change, including full rejection of the Keystone Pipeline; establishing the United States as a world leader in […]

December 30th

Best Environment Infographic Ever

  Seriously. This is the best environment infographic ever. Politicians and oil companies might waste time debating whether or not we’ve reached peak oil. What they ignore is that we run out completely in under 40 years’ time, by which time a third of the planet’s biodiversity will be lost. In the meantime, tantalum, that great […]

November 14th

Elizabeth Warren For Senate (Massachusetts)

  If you’re voting in the Massachusetts election today or tomorrow, you should be voting for Elizabeth Warren without any hesitation — she’s one of the best politicians I’m aware of. Here’s a quick rundown of how her and her opponent, Scott Brown, differ: Not many politicians are so dedicated to the people as Elizabeth […]

November 5th

Endorsement For Obama (Obama's Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Clean Transportation, Green Jobs, & Climate Change Successes)

  I’ve been on the “there’s hardly any difference between Republicans and Democrats” line. I’ve campaigned for people on that line. But that simply isn’t the story today. There are now HUGE differences between Democrats and Republicans (the most backwards group of politicians I’m aware of in U.S. history), and that includes some huge differences […]

November 5th

Hurricane Sandy Tuesday Morning Roundup

  Here’s a roundup of some Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy news from around: Dr Joe Romm of Climate Progress has gathered up a number of records Sandy has already set: CNN Weather Center tweets: “NEW #RECORD daily rainfall set at Atlantic City, NJ! 4.55″ of rain seen so far, shattering the old record of 2.33″ set back in […]

October 30th

Brits Love Renewable Energy, Hate Fossil Fuels, Divided on Fracking

A new survey conducted by UK pollsters YouGov has shown that support for renewable energy remains consistently strong in Britain whilst support for fossil fuels continues to decline. However, the same survey shows that there is division over whether large scale fracking in the north of England should go ahead, and most people continue to […]

October 29th

TransCanada Awarded Nobel Prize for Innovative Climate Change Policies

  Note: This article is satire. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Canadian oil giant TransCanada for its innovative public policies on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadian fossil-fuel infrastructure company, whose earnings exceeded $1 billion in 2011, has received strong praise from environmentalists in recent days over its unique […]

October 22nd

Transcanada Seizes A Grandmother On Her Own Property, Detains NYTimes Reporter, & Pays Local Police to Make Arrests… As The Tar Sands Blockade Digs In

  The Canadian fossil fuel giant Transcanada (net earnings 2011: $1.5 billion) is encountering increased resistance from the “Tar Sands Blockade” in eastern Texas — now in its 18th day of an extensively constructed “tree sit-in.” And it is employing increasingly draconian police measures to prevent any public awareness of the protests and confrontations. Today, two […]

October 11th