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Keystone Pipeline Decision Delayed

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Obama administration postpones contentious decision until after election

Putting off important decisions is rarely considered a good thing, except in  politics, where procrastinating on important decisions can mean the difference between being in and out of office. Yesterday, the Obama administraton put the delay tactic to use, announcing that it will postpone its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. "Because this......read more

Campaign Politics Dictating Obama's Environmental Policy

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Re-election tactics tied to both EPA smog decision and Keystone XL

This just in from the New York Times: Obama's environmental decisions are being driven by electoral politics, not by any sort of clear vision. Shocking news, we know, sorry to upset you. From John Broder's article:  The full retreat on the smog standard was the first and most important environmental decision of the presidential campaign season that is now fully under way. An examination......read more

Corporations Corrupt Congress

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Bill McKibben's LA Times op-ed laments the influence of corporate donations on lawmakers

It was one of those uncomfortable moments when you suddenly realize you're in the wrong place, that you're a rube from the sticks in a sophisticated city whose customs you don't quite understand.Politico was sponsoring a "Washington Year in Review" symposium last week, and they'd invited me to be part of the energy panel. So even though I'd spent barely three weeks in Washington this year (and......read more

Keystone XL: Here We Go Again

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Activists take aim at controversial oil pipeline

When big money is at stake, big powers take drastic measures to preserve their profits. Case in point: the Keystone XL pipeline, v. 2.0. Just weeks ago, President Obama said no to the first proposal for a pipeline that would transfer oil from the tar sands of Canada to refineries in Texas. Now a group pf U.S. senators are looking to resuscitate the project. Led by Sen. John Hoeven......read more

Keystone XL: The Iconic Climate Battle

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The Sierra Club's Michael Marx on what makes Keystone a critical battle in the war on climate change

Michael Marx of the Sierra Club for The Huffington Post: In February, 50,000 people marched on the freezing Washington Mall to tell President Obama that he must reject Keystone XL and move forward on climate. Since then, Sierra Club activists and our partners have met President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry at more than 20 events around the nation to repeat......read more

Power Trip

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Whether renewables or fossil fuels, NIMBYism runs rampant when it comes to energy transmission infrastructure

The reasons for opposing TransCanada's Keystone XL proposal are as vast as the territory the pipeline aims to cover: climate change, a lack of proper environmental review, destruction of ecosystems, perpetuating our reliance on fossil fuels. But, according to NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal, no objection has a hold on the popular imagination like the image of a massive......read more

SOTU 2014: Much Left Unsaid on Environment

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Environmental groups lament Obama's silence on climate plan, Keystone XL

President Obama covered plenty of policy ground during Tuesday's State of the Union address, but observers looking for clear leadership on the environment were left with a hazy, conflicted picture of where the administration stands. Of the 7,000 words contained in Obama's prepared speech, climate and energy accounted for less then 500. His coverage of climate change and emphatic calls for energy......read more

An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

Groundswell: Trailer

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New documentary follows surfers on a journey along British Columbia's unspoiled west coast -- a region threatened by oil pipeline development

Slated for release this coming fall, "Groundswell" follows surfers Peter Devries, Travis Gordon, Dan Malloy up the west coast of British Columbia, where the delicate coastal ecosystem faces a major threat in the form of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta's tar sands. The film, a collaborative production of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Patagonia, and Woodshed......read more

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