tar sands

First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

One of Alberta’s biggest solar installations has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. The Lubicon Lake Band aboriginal community launched the

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

In spite of being passed by both the Senate and the House, President Obama has maintained his promise to veto a controversial bill that sought to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a

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The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about

The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about

You've heard of the Keystone XL pipeline—but you've likely never heard of a new pipeline in Wisconsin that would make Keystone look minuscule in comparison. The 42-inch pipeline is currently buried

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Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

It seems that being an anti-tar sands activist in the United States is getting to be a riskier business, as those opposed to the Canadian oil development have been getting unexpected visits from the FBI.

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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate's recent vote in favor of Keystone XL, the EPA just handed him 1.37 billion. That's the number of metric tons of additional

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Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

Senate votes in favor of Keystone XL, Obama maintains threat to veto

The U.S. Senate voted 62-36 in favor of the highly-contested Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday (1/29), with nine Democrats crossing party lines to show support for the $8 billion project that would

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President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

Senate Republicans have made it clear that their first order of business as the majority party in the 114th Congress will be to ram through a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline; a move

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post on Medium—Barack

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Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canada is infamous in environmental circles for the Alberta tar sands, a destructive and polluting oil development that’s widely seen within the country as the nation's main economic generator.

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Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

Tar Sands Development Financially Unsustainable, Report Shows

We’ve known for a long time that the Canada’s Tar Sands represent an environmental disaster, both in the present and future, but with a recent drop in North American oil prices it’s looking like

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Yesterday's Republican Party gains in the Senate put the passing of legislation that would give the go ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline within the party's reach. After six years of debate on the

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Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

  Before the Flood, speakers included impacted front line residents like youth activist Ta'Kaiya Blaney who explained that recently in her community oil sludge trailing ponds spilled into two

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World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada just celebrated the opening of the world's first waste-to-biofuel facility, which could radically transform the way we deal with our garbage. The Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals

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Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

When U.S. journalist Emily Atkin flew into Fort McMurray, Alberta, to "see the tar sands," her Canadian border control interview left her uncomfortable enough to investigate the experiences of others in

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is still in a holding pattern. What many people don't realize is that the southern portion,

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TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

TransCanada’s “Shameless Ploy” to Fool Americans that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a Bunch of Solar Panels

Were we wrong to peg the Keystone XL Pipeline as a ticking carbon bomb? That's what TransCanada seems to want us to think. In a puzzling Facebook ad released last week, the energy company responsible for

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama Expresses Doubts About Keystone XL Pipeline

Since President Obama's speech in June addressing the issue of climate change, pundits, citizens, and industry leaders have awaited the president's decision on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The

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Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

In Cold Lake, Alberta an environmental disaster is unfolding. The Primrose bitumen emulsion site has been seeping tar over 30 acres of swampy forest for the past nine weeks. Already, the viscous substance

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Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds

Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds

A Consumer Watchdog report released this morning found that the Keystone XL pipeline will lead to gasoline price hikes in the Midwest and ultimately hurt the US economy. In addition to the overriding

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Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

Photo via Shutterstock After an investigation into the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that caused around 290,000 gallons of oil to leak into the small Arkansas town of Mayflower in March,

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Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not

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President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

President Obama Says He Will Only Approve Keystone XL Pipeline if it Doesn’t Increase Carbon Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock In a landmark speech on climate change today, President Obama offered an insight into whether he'll approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline, explaining that he will only

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways

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Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

Al Gore Calls on President Obama to Veto Keystone XL “Atrocity”

The biggest decision of President Obama's two-term presidency looms ahead, and environmentalists are increasingly concerned that Obama will cave to fossil fuel interests and approve the Keystone XL

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EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline

EPA Wants State Department to Reassess Their Analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline

In March, the State Department issued a controversial analysis of the Keystone XL Pipeline that stated the project would have no significant impact on the environment. Needless to say, this raised the

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For Earth Day, Tell President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

For Earth Day, Tell President Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

There is no bigger issue for the environmental movement right now than the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 3,400-mile pipe that would transport oil extracted from the tar sands in northern Alberta to the

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