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EU Gets Ready To Open Tar Sands Floodgate

EU Gets Ready To Open Tar Sands Floodgate
After years of lobbying to break into European markets, Canada's tar sands oil industry is poised to score a victory from EU lawmakers who have signaled willingness to drop a requirement that labels tar sands oil as dirtier than other fossil fuels.
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Canadian Government Shows Love for Tar Sands Pipeline, Not for Whales

Canadian Government Shows Love for Tar Sands Pipeline, Not for Whales
Canada's Harper government has moved North Pacific humpback whales from the "threatened" list to a "species of special concern," a change that reduces protections for the marine mammals and could facilitate the approval of a tar sands pipeline.
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In Small Canadian Town, Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Lose

In Small Canadian Town, Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Lose
In a vote cheered as a victory for democracy, one community in British Columbia has given a flat rejection to a proposed tar sands pipeline.
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Rejecting Tar Sands Key Step in 'Decarbonizing' World's Energy Economy

Rejecting Tar Sands Key Step in 'Decarbonizing' World's Energy Economy
Over one hundred concerned scientists and economists urged President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline in a letter sent to the White House and State Department on Monday.
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Report Reveals High Risk, No Reward of Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Report Reveals High Risk, No Reward of Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion
A new report released today by the Sierra Club and a coalition of 13 other organizations, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate.
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Leading Climate Science Expert Explains Why He Opposes Keystone XL

Leading Climate Science Expert Explains Why He Opposes Keystone XL
Dr. James Hansen, climate science expert and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified yesterday at a U.S. Senate hearing, explaining why he opposes the Keystone XL pipeline: "The world is going to realize pretty soon that we've got to limit the amount of carbon we put in the atmosphere."
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Study Confirms Mining of Tar Sands Is Destroying Local Ecosystems

Study Confirms Mining of Tar Sands Is Destroying Local Ecosystems
A new study puts the spotlight on tar sands' threat to one of the planet's precious and increasingly scarce resources—water.
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Small Town Declares All-Out Offensive Against Tar Sands Port

Small Town Declares All-Out Offensive Against Tar Sands Port
Following Big Oil's narrow victory over a grassroots initiative designed to block the construction of a tar sands export terminal, residents of South Portland, Maine are attempting to overrule that vote with a bid to outlaw the flow and processing of tar sands within city borders.
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Why Two Popular Grassroots Ballot Inititives Lost at the Polls

Why Two Popular Grassroots Ballot Inititives Lost at the Polls
In two referendum battles that took place on opposite sides of the country on Tuesday, the power of big money campaigns funded by out-of-state corporate interests once again revealed itself by overwhelming grassroots campaigns trying to champion a local common good.
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Koch Brothers' Petcoke Piling Up in Chicago

Koch Brothers' Petcoke Piling Up in Chicago
The tar sands refining by-product petroleum coke, known as petcoke, gained attention earlier this year when piles of the toxic substance stored along Detroit's riverfront were mounding up and causing high-carbon, high-sulfur clouds to blanket neighborhoods.
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