‘Yeeeeehaw!’ Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Long-awaited decision comes after years of people-powered organizing.

President Barack Obama arriving at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla.

The Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that to approve the project would have "undercut" U.S. climate goals and leadership. "America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action on climate change," Obama said in remarks at the White House. "Frankly, approving this project would have

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Alberta Tar Sands Pollution Suspected In Rare Cancer Cases

As President Obama decides whether to veto the Keystone XL pipeline, evidence of disease in people and fish is found at its proposed source.

Mining trucks carry loads of oil laden sand after being loaded by huge shovels at the Albian Sands oils sands project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada. (AP/Jeff McIntosh)

FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada — In 2006, Canadian doctor John O’Connor made a startling realization. Specialists had diagnosed three of his patients in the northern Alberta village of Fort Chipewyan with cholangiocarcinoma — a deadly cancer of the bile duct. The same cancer had killed his own father years earlier in Ireland. Only about one in 100,000

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Blockade At First Tar Sands Site In US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard For Climate Crisis’

Happening now: Activists target construction at PR Spring tar sands site in Utah

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Scores of climate justice activists are staging a blockade on Monday to thwart construction of the first tar sands mine in the United States—a project they say will cause irreparable damage to water and land. According to a statement from Utah Tar Sands Resistance, roughly 80 people are involved in the action, some of whom have locked themselves

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‘Big Oil Playbook’ On Display In Small Town Tar Sands Fight

Industry-backed opponents show up en masse at local meeting, forcing tar sands vote to be rescheduled.


Exemplifying tactics outlined in a new report that dissects the oil industry's efforts to influence the tar sands debate, members of a Big Oil front group packed a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, on Monday night, forcing the meeting to be rescheduled. The council was slated to take its first vote on the Clear Skies Ordinance,

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First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline

“We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross,” said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.

There will be no tar sands pipeline. That is the message stressed by First Nations communities who say that even if Canada's Prime Minister Harper gives the federal OK to Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, First Nations law and their "responsibilities to future generations" will stop the project dead in its tracks. A federal decision on the

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‘Permanent Protest Vigil’ Launched To Confront First Tar Sands Mine In US

The project has faced ongoing resistance from environmental groups who have seen the devastating impacts the Alberta tar sands have brought to land, water and indigenous communities.

As a Canadian company readies its plans for extraction at the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States, a group of climate justice activists is readying its own mobilization: a permanent protest vigil at the site to protest the project's "swift obliteration" of ecosystems, danger to waterways and contribution to the fossil fuel-driven

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