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Keystone XL

Bill McKibben delivers a speech during his Do the Math Tour
Just six pages long, it is stoking a new moral urgency for climate action and forcing the financial world to reconsider the value of fossil fuel reserves.
It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific...
Feb 14, 2013 | Read More
President Barack Obama
News analysis: In his SOTU, the president was navigating through familiar political crosswinds—including GOP opposition and adamant demands from activists.
2/13/13: This story has been updated to include a statement by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. WASHINGTON...
Feb 13, 2013 | Read More
Protesters rally in Portland, Maine, against possible plans to pipe oil from Can
'We're trying to build the social movement' in the United States against expansion of Canadian tar sands oil extraction, says organizer.
President Obama hasn't publicly drawn a connection between climate change and the Keystone XL...
Jan 31, 2013 | Read More
Construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas
The EPA found serious flaws in two earlier environmental reviews. Soon it will have another opportunity to weigh in, with climate impacts a major concern.
1/31/13: The story has been updated with comments from industry. 1/30/13: This story has been...
Jan 30, 2013 | Read More
Sen. John Kerry/Credit: Center for American Progress, flickr
Climate change is among the 'life threatening issues' that define U.S. foreign policy, he tells Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Sen. John Kerry made it clear Thursday that he will play a pivotal role in deciding the fate of the...
Jan 24, 2013 | Read More
Texas landowner protests construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pip
A thorough and adequate study of the impacts has not been done, a scientist says; it's a rigorous and comprehensive review, says TransCanada's CEO.
The question of how an oil spill from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline might affect the Ogallala...
Jan 14, 2013 | Read More
New leadership at the State Dept. and EPA—and the unexpected rise of climate change concern—mean the pipeline decision is still anyone's guess.
After years of protests and lobbying, the Obama administration is expected to decide within months...
Jan 7, 2013 | Read More
Syncrude oil sands mining operation in Alberta, Canada
Last year it was just a technical term known mainly by the oil industry. This year "dilbit" was at the center of the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline.
This was the year "dilbit" registered on the U.S. political and public radar in a major way....
Dec 27, 2012 | Read More
Protestor in support of Michael Bishop, who's challenging TransCanada in court.
After news broke that human error caused the Enbridge oil spill and fears spread over Keystone XL, pipeline safety moved into the mainstream.
Revelations that preventable safety lapses were behind Enbridge's disastrous oil spill in Michigan...
Dec 26, 2012 | Read More
Workers examine pipe being used for the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline
It would cost less than $10 million—roughly 0.2 percent of the Keystone XL's budget—to add safeguards to protect the crucial Ogallala aquifer from spills.
In 1998, activists in Austin, Texas filed a lawsuit to protect their local aquifer from a proposed...
Dec 20, 2012 | Read More