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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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Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Exxon Will Not Pay for Cleanup of 12,000 Barrels of Crude in Arkansas as Leak is Not “Oil”

Photo via Shutterstock Due to a thirty-year-old law, Exxon will not be paying into the federal fund that will pay for the cleanup of 12,000 barrels of crude oil that leaked from its Pegasus Pipeline in

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ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long warned of the catastrophic impacts of a major spill if the infrastructure were to fail. On Friday, the nation no longer had to imagine how a tar sands

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Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

Bipartisan Senate Vote Shows Support for Keystone XL Pipeline

It may be a non-binding amendment, but a Senate vote last Friday that passed 62-37 in favor of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is more than a little concerning. The proposed pipeline would

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

We have heard some tall tales in our time, but this one reaches the stratosphere. On Tuesday, Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada's president for energy and oil pipelines, said that "You could shut down oil sands

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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Texas Man Builds Network of Treehouses to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline on His Property

Texas Man Builds Network of Treehouses to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline on His Property

Photo by NPR In east Texas, there is an awe-inspiring network of treehouses perched eight stories above the ground. It's not an eco-resort or some dreamer's getaway - the treetop settlement was built

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President Obama Announces Plan To Expedite Southern Leg of Keystone Pipeline

President Obama Announces Plan To Expedite Southern Leg of Keystone Pipeline

One consequence of promoting an 'all of the above' energy strategy is that it will draw criticism from all sides, leaving neither pro-oil nor pro-alternative energy constituencies satisfied. This is

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Researchers Find Canadian Tar Sands Mining Will Cause Irreparable Damage to Valuable Peatlands

Researchers Find Canadian Tar Sands Mining Will Cause Irreparable Damage to Valuable Peatlands

Environmental activists may have counted plans for the Keystone XL being knocked down by the Senate as a major victory, but the fight's not over yet. As open-pit oil sands mining continues in Canada,

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President Swiftly Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan from TransCanada

President Swiftly Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan from TransCanada

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a rejection of a Canadian oil firm's Keystone XL pipeline application. The Keystone XL pipeline has made headlines over the past year as environmentalists

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