Ring in the New Year: No Keystone XL; Yes to Clean Energy!


As the new year approaches, we can expect that the State Department will soon issue its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL dirty tar sands oil pipeline. The Statement should identify the crucial environmental and energy security impacts of the proposed pipeline. As outlined previously, it is clear that our nation’s long-term interests — in terms of energy […]

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All Tar Sand Pipelines Are a Bad Idea


Today the National Academy of Sciences has been conducting briefings on whether corrosive tar sands oil can be safely transported through pipelines. Recent history affirms that tar sands pipelines are a bad idea, as documented in the July 10, 2012 report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the 2010 Kalamazoo tar sands spill. That spill, from the tar […]

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Yet Another Senate Vote to Advance the KXL – and Yet Again It Fails

Five days ago the Senate defeated a measure aimed at requiring the Keystone XL to move forward…and today the vote was repeated. The Senate just can’t stop voting on the issue…how many defeats are needed? The repeat vote was part of a broader package of issues promoted by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) who sought to win approval for constructing the KXL, to expand offshore oil and gas leasing, to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, and to allow oil shale and tar sands leasing, among other provisions. Fortunately the measure failed 41-57. The Keystone XL struggle isn’t going away…and neither are its opponents. This morning before the Senate vote, Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute released a new report: The Impact of Tar Sands Pipeline Spills on Employment and the Economy. This is clearly a must-read for all legislators. The report reminds us: “The largest tar sands oil spill in theU.S. occurred on theKalamazooRiver inMichigan in 2010. This spill affected the health of hundreds of residents, displaced residents, hurt businesses, and caused a loss of jobs. The Kalamazoo spill is the most expensive tar sands pipeline oil spill in U.S. history, with overall costs estimated at $725 million.” Why risk more of the same? The time for investing in renewable energy has never been greater.

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Senate Defeats Effort to Approve Keystone XL

This afternoon the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to the transportation bill by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) that would have undercut the President’s decision-making authority on the Keystone XL pipeline and moved the project forward. The Senate lacked the three-fifths majority needed to approve the measure. Concerned citizens and green businesses have spoken out against the pipeline, defeating Big Oil…for the moment. Today’s vote was a resounding “No!” to: Dirty fossil fuel Oil spills Damage to human health Environmental dangers Exacerbation of climate change False job creation claims False energy security claims Of course, we’ve got a long road ahead of us. TransCanada is planning to proceed with a portion of the pipeline (from TX to OK) and to re-apply for a permit for the section crossing between Canada and the US. There are plenty of challenges ahead – but today’s Senate vote positions us for further success.  We’ll need you to stay informed and stay involved – so do check out: The latest (March 2012) resource by the National Resources Defense Council on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline and Climate Change. This YouTube video of Texan landowners against the K XL. Articles about Lakota resistance to the K XL: http://www.lastrealindians.com/2012/03/06/oglala-nationals-roadblock-oil-pipeline-trucks-on-pine-ridge-rez/ http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/03/lakota-arrests-underway-halting-xl.html

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Tell Obama: NO to tar sands crude, YES to renewables


Time is short to stop a disastrous, climate-wrecking energy project from running roughshod over the American heartland. We need your help to convince the Obama Administration to stand firm in its opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Last November, the Obama Administration pushed the deadline on its final pipeline decision into early 2013, determining that current impact studies on the […]

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House Republicans Follow Senate’s Direction on Keystone XL Pipeline

On December 2, 2011, two days after the introduction of a Senate bill to fast-track decision-making on the Keystone XL pipeline, House Republicans released their plans to expedite the pipeline permitting process — and also to take the decision away from the State Department and to grant it to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Terry Lee (R-NE). Pressure from Big Oil and the Chamber of Commerce should not be allowed to override thorough consideration of the dangerous consequences of the KXL pipeline. Green America opposes construction of the pipeline due to the perils it presents for human health, the environment and climate change, as well as the tremendous setback the pipeline would mean for development of our domestic, renewable energy sector. Rep. Lee has stated that Republicans aim to attach the bill to legislation that Democrats seek on extending unemployment insurance and payroll tax cuts. Some in Congress are trying to use our country’s dire need for job creation as an excuse to build this pipeline. Data on job creation commissioned by the oil industry, while still in circulation, has been grossly inflated. We will generate more good quality, lasting jobs through investment in clean energy. A report from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) finds that clean energy jobs will provide more career opportunities than the fossil fuel sector does “across all levels of skill and education” and “a high proportion of […]

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Senate Bill to Revive Keystone XL Pipeline Introduced

Barely three weeks after the Administration decided to seek additional study on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rather than approve the project, Senate Republicans introduced a bill to try to force the President’s hand. On November 30, 2011, Richard Lugar (R-IN) led an effort with 37 other Senators to require the Administration to either approve the pipeline within 60 days or determine that it is not in the national interest. If constructed, the pipeline would transport crude oil fromAlberta,Canadato theTexasGulfCoast. Extracting and refining oil from the Canadian tar sands is considered the most polluting and carbon intensive oil process on the planet. The President and the State Department concluded on November 10 that the environmental consequences of the pipeline’s route warrant greater study. The State Department also noted that in addition to concerns about specific routes for the pipeline, attention should be paid to the project’s implications for climate change.  Green America welcomed the decision to postpone action on the pipeline and continues to press for the cancellation of this massive fossil fuel project. Any environmental report, conducted with integrity, will identify major reasons to abandon the project. Supporters of the new bill are trying to extract a political cost from the Administration for not moving ahead with the pipeline immediately. In particular, they emphasize the need for job creation. Green America urges everyone concerned about the relationship between this pipeline and US job creation and retention to read the […]

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